Very sad news for Sudirman’s fans and music history buffs in Malaysia, the old home of Sudi — the only house — was engulfed in flames and destroyed yesterday in Temerloh, Pahang. Lets pay a little tribute to Abang Sudi here… Sudi is known as “Malaysia’s No 1 Entertainer” of the 80’s, the ‘Singing Lawyer’, the ‘People’s Singer’ and the ‘Elvis of Malaysia’.
Our Late Sudirman Arshad is also famous for his first time ever held in Malaysia, an open air street concert, in Chow Kit Road which drew nearly 100,000 people on a Monday night in KL on the 15th of April, 1986. That night KL came to a standstill and it jammed the whole stretch of Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman to Jalan Raja Alang. KLites talk about this event even now. The Star said the next day ” “KL came to a standstill and it had nothing to do with the recession but with a one man, Malaysia’s top entertainer, an electrifying performance and most memorable night”. And that was Sudi the Legend.
Sudirman was rumored to have died from AIDS and it was a hot topic in the 90s. The cause of his death became a topic of discussion among the media with some speculating that his actual cause of death took place even earlier than recorded and was believed that he was buried in the UK. It was later announced that Abang Sudi died of a cerebrovascular stroke.
He died at 4am, 22nd February 1992, aged 37.
Read below what Bernama had to say….
TEMERLOH: The home of Asia’s number one entertainer, the late Sudirman Arshad, at Kampung Bukit Tok Embun, Mentakab, near here, was destroyed in a fire at about 4am Wednesday.
Mentakab Fire and Rescue station chief Assistant Superintendent Md Yusof Mustafa said the fire was believed to have been caused by a lit candle, probably left by drug addicts who had been using the house, left empty since a few years ago, as their haunt. However, the forensics team from the Fire and Rescue Department was investigating to determine the real cause of the fire as well as losses incurred, he added. He said the station was informed that an electric pole, which is about 15 metres from the house, was on fire, but on arrival at the scene saw the house was also gutted. “When firemen got there, about 90 per cent of the house had been gutted by fire,” he told reporters here,Wednesday.
Meanwhile, a neighbour, Ramlah Daud, 43, said she realised the late Sudirman’s house was on fire when she woke up to check on an explosion she heard at about 4am. “Then I saw sparks from the fire hitting an electric pole nearby and contacted the Fire and Rescue station for fear that the fire would also spread to my house and a few other houses nearby,” she said.
Sudirman’s brother-in-law, Ahmad Nizam Hamid, did not rule out the possibility of the house becoming a haunt for drug addicts, having found some drugs paraphernalia like tin foil and needles there. “I had also lodged police reports when the iron grilles and the roofing of the house went missing,” he added. He said the late Sudirman was born at a house at Jalan Ibrahim in the Temerloh old town, but later moved to the house at Kampung Bukit Tok Embun, where he grew up and completed his secondary school before continuing his study in law at Universiti Malaya. – Bernama