ATAI (RAZMAN AZRAI
DURING the lifetime of his late, great uncle Datuk Sudirman Arshad, Razman Azrai Zainal Abidin, or Atai, gained his fair share of fans, especially teenage girls who found in him the perfect sidekick to the dashing Malaysian King of Entertainment.
Atai teamed up with Sudirman in many of his shows, and they even co-hosted an all-Malaysian quiz titled Sendaloka Bersama Singer.
In that show, the teenage Atai famously played a “fried egg” — lying on the floor and “quivering” his slender body.
The death of Sudirman at 38 in 1992 brought Atai’s world crashing down.
Atai, who is now 38, describes Sudirman as his “everything” — godfather, mentor and friend.
In an interview two years ago, Atai said Sudirman encouraged him to excel in his studies. (Atai graduated from Rhode Island University in the US with an IT degree).
“If he were around today, he would be pleased with what I’ve achieved.”
Atai is today a corporate and strategy planner at a cyber security firm in Kuala Lumpur.
He chose not to become an entertainer, as the one man whom he loved entertaining with is no more.
Atai, however, attends almost every Sudirman tribute concert, and has given his thumbs up to the latest tribute to his uncle, director Saw Teong Hin’s musical film Hoore Hoore.
Two years ago, Atai attended the launch of a documentary about his uncle on History Channel.
He hopes Malaysians continue to celebrate not just the music and talents of Sudirman but cherish his 1Malaysia spirit.
Atai says Sudirman encapsulates the spirit of 1Malaysia in entertainment, alongside Tan Sri P. Ramlee.