PETALING JAYA:
Critically-acclaimed movie and TV commercial director Yasmin Ahmad was admitted to hospital after feeling unwell during a presentation she was giving at TV3.

She was taken to the Intensive Care Unit at the Damansara Specialist Hospital, where she is now on life support and in stable condition. She is still unconscious.

She is believed to have suffered a stroke and was in a coma for a short while before doctors there successfully revived her.

Hospital authorities have not confirmed anything.

A host of Malaysian personalities are at the hospital now, including pop diva Datuk Siti Nurhaliza and husband Datuk Khalid Jiwa, Suria FM’s Engku Emran, TV3 CEO Farid Jamaluddin, and indie filmmakers James Lee, Pete Teo, Liew Seng Tat.

Yasmin, 51, the director of Sepet, is particularly well known for the community message commercials she directed for Petronas.

She began her career in advertising as a copywriter at Ogilvy & Mather, eventually rising to creative director at Leo Burnett Kuala Lumpur.

Her movies have won many international awards and have been screened at the Berlin, San Francisco, Singapore and Cannes international film festivals.

Last November, she was inducted into the inaugural Malaysian Advertising Hall of Fame by the Association of Accredited Advertising Agents Malaysia.

[The Star]