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HomeMalaysia NewsLiterature Great Salleh Ben Joned Dies At 79

Literature Great Salleh Ben Joned Dies At 79

Kuala Lumpur:

Malaysian writer and poet Salleh Ben Joned died of heart failure this morning at the age of 79. He was best known for his charismatic and fearless writing.

His family revealed his death in a Facebook post, stating that he was admitted to the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre on Tuesday after having breathing difficulties.

His final mourning rituals were conducted at 10 am this morning at the Masjid Abu Bakar As-Siddiq in Subang Jaya.

His family stated that due to MCO, only family members were present in his last ceremony.

Salleh, who has also made a few film appearances, was paid tribute by many Malaysian filmmakers and journalists.

Bilingual poetry “Sajak- Sajak Saleh” and “As I please” are some of his first works.

Filmmaker and journalist Zan Azlee expressed his condolences by saying: “If there ever was a Malaysian Zack de la Rocha or Widji Thukul, then in my eyes it was Salleh Ben Joned.”