KUALA LUMPUR — Dec. 26, 2017: National laureate Datuk Shahnon Ahmad died today of pneumonia at the KPJ Kajang Hospital.
Shanon, 84, was hospitalised for four days, said his son Asrulsani.
His remains was brought to the Surau Al-Madani in Bandar Baru Bangi for prayers and buried at the nearby Sungai Tangkas Muslim cemetery.
Shahnon left behind his wife Datin Wan Fatimah Wan Salleh and four children — Norhayati, Suhaimi, Sanusi and Asrul Sani.
He was famous for highlighting community and social issues in his novels. Among his novels are Rentong’ (1965), Ranjau Sepanjang Jalan (1966), Menteri (1967), Sampah (1974) and Kemelut (1977).
He also penned Patriarch (1991) and Ummi & Abang Syeikhul while his last published novel was Lamunan Puitis: Sebuah Trilogi (2003).
Shahnon was born on January 13, 1933, in Banggul Derdap, Sik, Kedah and received his early education at Sekolah Melayu Sik and then the Sultan Abdul Hamid College in Alor Setar, before entering the Australian National University for his Bachelor’s degree and then Universiti Sains Malaysia for his Masters.
He was awarded the National Laureate Award in 1982.
Shahnon established the Gabungan Sasterawan Sedar in Kedah with fellow writers in 1965 and was appointed as head of the Nadwah Persuratan Islam Malaysia in January 1995.
He also served as a one-term member of parliament after winning the Sik seat during the 1999 general elections as a PAS candidate.