National laureate Shahnon Ahmad dies

Shahnon-Ahmad-newPETALING JAYA: Shahnon Ahmad, a national laureate and former PAS lawmaker, passed away at the Hospital KPJ Kajang at about 8am today, Berita Harian reported.

The death of the award-winning author was confirmed by Malaysian National Writers Association (Pena) secretary-general Saifullizan Yahaya, who told the daily he had been informed of the news by the late Shahnon’s son, Asrul Sani.

“The funeral will be held at the Surau Madani in Section 3, Bandar Baru Bangi, after zohor prayers today,” Saifullizan was quoted as saying.

Shahnon was a one-term MP in Sik, Kedah, winning the seat as a PAS member in the 1999 general election.

His literary works include “Minister” released in 1967, which paid tribute to Malay nationalism, “Ranjau Sepanjang Jalan (1966) about a poor family, and “Srengenge” (1973) about a man challenging ancient pagan-based feelings among his fellow villagers. “Srengenge” won the Malaysian Novel of the Year title in 1974.

The Kedah-born author was accorded the national laureate award in 1982.