Malaysian National News Agency’s (Bernama) former Malay sub-editor Shamsudin Puteh, 67, died this morning due to heart failure.

The deceased’s eldest child Fatin Nabiha, 33, said her father died at 9.20am at Kepala Batas Hospital after he was admitted there last Saturday.

“My father has no history of serious illness. He had been in good health and was actively gardening.

“But on Saturday night, he asked my brother to take him to the hospital after complaining of a bloated stomach and laboured breathing. On arrival, he fainted and was immediately taken to the emergency unit,” she said when contacted by Bernama here today.

She said after her father was given respiratory support and intubated, he appeared to be in stable condition though his oxygen level was low.

Fatin Nabihah said her father’s condition started to worsen at 1am today when his body temperature rose sharply, oxygen level and heart rate dropped.

Shamsudin leaves behind his wife Fauziah Md Saad, two sons Muhammad Syamil and Muhammad Syamsul and Fatin Nabihah.

His remains were laid to rest at the Tuan Samad Mosque Cemetery, Permatang Sungai Dua after Asar prayers today.

Meanwhile, Bernama’s former senior editor Noor Hammad Wariman who used to work with Shamsudin, said the deceased was committed and meticulous in his work and had often been his colleagues’ point of reference.

“He was a remarkable person, always calm, humble and very helpful in making sure that our copies are clean and accurate.

“Apart from subbing he was also a good cook, well-versed in traditional medicine, taught Quran reading and wrote poems,” he said adding that his literary work had been published in a book titled Taman Warisan compiled by national laureate Datuk Dr Zurinah Hassan.

Shamsudin’s other achievements include the book “Coretan Kenangan Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj”, a Malay translation of a 563-page compilation of articles from the ‘Looking Back’ columns written by the first prime minister which was completed in three months.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency