Local creative industry has lost a legend

Nurin Najmina Zaidi

KUALA LUMPUR, 24 October 2021: The renowned film director, Mohamad bin Mohamad Khalid, or famously known as Mamat Khalid passed away in Slim River Hospital at the age of 58.

“The passing of a prominent film director, Mamat Khalid, is a huge loss and an irreplaceable talent,” said Communication and Multimedia Minister, Tan Sri Annuar Musa.

He was famous for directing films such as ‘Zombi Kampung Pisang’ and ‘Hantu Kak Limah’ that became the most memorable movies and loved by the public in the early 2000s.

Hafiz Nafiah, the Malaysian Artistes Association (Seniman) secretary-general, said that Mamat fainted in his Sarang Art Hub cafe and was pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital.

Many of his close friends and celebrities expressed their condolences after receiving the news of his death.

“Among the earlier directors to recognise my talent. Al-Fatihah to Abang,” said Que Haidar who once acted in his film.

“Such a huge loss for our art and film family. Thank you Abang Mamat for the years of love and dedication towards your craft and country. You will be truly missed,” said Sharifah Amani.

Mamat Khalid who died this morning was buried at Masjid Paloh Muslim Cemetery, Ipoh at 2.25 p.m. today. ***

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