KUALA LUMPUR – The late Haron Aminar Rashid Salim or Harun Salim Bachik was regarded as a visionary in the endeavour to spur the local comedy industry.
This was told by his colleague in ‘Kumpulan Boboy’, Afdlin Shauki Aksan who was popular when participating in Maharaja Lawak Mega, and ‘Lawak Ke Der’ at Istana Budaya, several years ago.
“The last time I met him was on Friday when we discussed several projects including several theatre programmes, and on reviving ‘Kumpulan Boboi’,” he said.
He said this when met at the burial of Harun Salim at the Karak-Kuala Lumpur Highway Muslim Cemetery today.
About 300 people attended to pay their final respects including artistes such as Datuk Rosyam Nor, Datuk Yusof Haslam, Mamat Khalid and many of the nation’s comedians.
Harun Salim, 55, suddenly collapsed at the Gunung Semanggol Rest and Service Area in Bukit Merah, at 4.45pm yesterday, on his way to the toilet.
He was on his way home to the national capital with his wife and children after attending a wedding in Penang.
Afdlin Shauki said the late Harun Salim was a strong but stubborn man who was often evasive when urged to see a doctor if sick. But he always had his inhaler wherever he went.
“He had asthma but he took care of it. He would be evasive when we told him to see a doctor if he was sick. But if we were sick, he would force us to go to a doctor,” he said.
Another of his peers, Sharizan Ahmad or Abon, 55, said Harun Salim’s change in attitude when they met at a shooting in Bentong, Pahang, about three months ago, was surprising.
“I tried joking with him as usual but he did not respond except to tell me he was sick. He was coughing incessantly during the filming,” he said.
Meanwhile, Harun Salim’s eldest son, Syafiq Al-Rashid, 30, said he was thankful his father passed away peacefully but was a bit disappointed he was not there beside him for the last time.
He also regarded his father as a mentor in the family and a professional when at work. – BERNAMA