LAST_UPDATEFri, 22 Jun 2018 11pm

Former Harian Metro Editor-In-Chief Ahmad Puad Onah, Dies

SHAH ALAM: Former Harian Metro (HM) editor-in-chief Ahmad Puad Onah, died of a heart attack at his home in Section U16, Denai Alam, here, at 9.30am, today.

The 62-year-old who held various positions in the country’s film industry and filmmakers' associations, died in the presence of his wife and children.

His son, Azrul, 27, said his late father had been suffering from heart disease over the past few years and it took a serious turn after he was hospitalised in February.

"He had heart problems, it became serious after our family returned from Hong Kong in February.

"This morning he had his ‘Sahur’ before going back to sleep and later breathed his last,” he said.

Funeral prayers were held at the Surau Al-Abrar, Denai Alam before he was buried at the Section 21 Muslim Cemetery, at 5pm.

In addition to family members and relatives, acquaintances from the media industry were also present at his residence to pay their last respects.

Among those present were former HM Group Editor Datuk Mior Kamarulbaid Shahid, former New Straits Times (NST) group editor-in-chief Datuk A Kadir Jasin, Utusan Group Assistant Editor 1 Datuk Zaini Hassan and Bernama Chairman Datuk Seri Azman Ujang.

Puad was the HM Group Editor in 1992 before he resigned in 1994 following his appointment as Deputy Manager of News/Sporting at TV3.

He subsequently held various other positions including the President of the Malaysian Film Production Association (PFM), President of the Federation of Malaysian Film Activists (Gafim), General Manager of Grand Briliance Sdn Bhd (GBSB) and Deputy Chairman of the National Film Development Corporation (Finas).