Award-winning film director Yasmin Ahmad passed away at the Damansara Specialist Centre three hours ago. She was 51.
Yasmin collapsed after suffering a stroke while making a presentation at Sri Pentas. I happened to be in a meeting in the next room when the incident took place. When I rushed over, she had apparently stopped breathing. Media Prima staff and the resident doctor were frantically trying to revive her. She was then rushed to the DSH.
Yasmin was a legend in her own right. She lent her creative ideas in the production of many movies, TV and print advertisements. However, she will be best remembered for her contributions to race relations in this country. In almost all her artistic works, she injected elements of race relations.
She will always remain in our memories. Semoga Allah mencucuri rahmat keatas rohnya.
My name is Mohd Ashraf Abdullah. I was born and raised in Tampin, Negeri Sembilan. I am a journalist at heart. I served the New Straits Times as a journalist for 17 years, beginning as a cadet reporter in 1988. I was trained to be a political writer. I served the NST in various capacities including as Staff Correspondent of the Kuantan Bureau and London Correspondent. I resigned as News Editor in 2004 to join Golden Hope Plantations Berhad as Deputy General Manager, Group Corporate Affairs. Two years later I was made General Manager, Group Corporate Affairs. When Golden Hope and Kumpulan Guthrie Berhad were merged with Sime Darby Berhad in November 2007, I chose not to accept the offer of employment by the merged entity. I was a scholar of the British Government and possess a Masters Degree in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. I am also a Jefferson's Fellow of the East West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.