BANGI – The remains of National laureate Prof Emeritus Datuk Dr Shahnon Ahmad were laid to rest at the Sungai Tangkas Muslim Cemetery, Bandar Baru Bangi, here after the Zohor prayers today.
Shahnon, 84, died today of pneumonia at about 7.30 am at the KPJ Kajang Hospital.
He leaves behind a wife Datin Wan Fatimah Wan Salleh, 82, three children aged between 54 and 58, 14 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
According to his eldest daughter, Norhayati, 58, her late father who was admitted to the hospital four days ago was supposed to return home today.
“My late father was hospitalised after having developed cough and a medical examination on him found that he had pneumonia,” she said when met by reporters after the funeral today.
Norhayati said she and her family were happy and relieved after his father was allowed to be discharged but were shocked to hear of Shahnon’s death.
Norhayati said, despite his deteriorating health condition, Shahnon who was very close with all his grandchildren had always asked them about their education.
“He often reminded his grandchildren and great grandchildren to study hard and pursue their studies at the highest level,” she added.
National Laureate A. Samad Said who also attended the funeral described Shahnon as a laureate who liked to produce works that touched the people around him.
“Among his most remarkable literary work is ‘Ranjau Sepanjang Jalan’ that teaches readers about the meaning of hardship in life.
“The hardships in life that the main character of the novel endured motivate readers to remain steadfast and patient in life especially during the economic downturn, in which without efforts and sacrifices, success is not easy to achieve,” he said.
Malaysian Muslim Welfare Organisation secretary-general Tan Sri Prof Dr Mohd Yusof Noor said Shahnon was not only a national laureate but could also be regarded as a hero.
“The country has lost another hero in (Malay) literature and I hope this loss can be replaced,” he said. – BERNAMA