I knew Sudirman since I was small. I grew up listening to his songs. At his time he was the most educated celebrities in Malaysia n I adored him. He was known as the ‘Singing Lawyer’, the ‘People Singer’ n the ‘Elvis of Malaysia’.
Everybody has their own memories with Sudirman n I would like to share mine. I still remember when I was about 9 years old, Sudirman held a concert in Alor Setar, Dewan Syed Omar. I was sitting 5 rows from the stage n I could see him clearly.
I was so excited n ternganga mulut to see the famous Sudirman danced, sang on the stage which is so close to me. When it’s time for him to sing the song Anak Gembala, he announced needed two children to sing with him. He came down from the stage went around the hall looking for the ‘victim’. He got a boy n the girl – guess who?? It’s me!!
I who was so excited n eager previously now sweating n shaking when he pulled my hand to go up on the stage. Seriously I was so shaken that my voice didn’t even came out when he asked my name. What I have to do is to dance n sing Aaa..Aaa..Aaa…Aaa.. at the chorus. Those who knows this song know what I mean..
When it comes to my turn again my voice didn’t came out.. the Aaa.. Aaa.. Aaa.. Aaa… kuar mcm bunyi anak kambing.. Hahahahaha.. Sudirman was annoyed that I didn’t participated well n he pinched my back. Awww.. I was very skinny with less flesh – mmg sakit giler!! Lepas tu terus terkeluar suaraku yg merdu.. Aaa..Aaa..Aaa…Aaa..
That was the best moment I ever had as I could see him face to face. To me Sudirman was a great legend. He was invited to sing at Royal Albert Hall, London and was known worldwide. Even Datuk Siti Nurhaliza is not going to be able to compete Sudirman. Though she had done a concert in Royal Albert Hall but it was on her own budget and sponsored by well a lot of people I guess.
Every time his show appeared on TV, I will never miss it. I still remember he sang in the middle of Chow Kit Road with thousand fans around him. He was also famous with his Malaysian flag’s costume. The song that I like best is Salam Terakhir. If he still alive I am sure he will be the proud of our country.
Al- Fatihah to Allahyarham Sudirman Hj Arshad dan semoga rohnya ditempatkan dalam golongan orang2 beriman.