Well done to the editors of Utusan Malaysia, and for giving space to discussion of literary issues (even when there is an obvious bias to the writing).
Azman Ismail asks if there is a "moral crisis" in Malay literature.
There is a tremendous emphasis on politeness and correct behaviour in Malay society, so how does a Malay audience react to authors who write in a way that might be considered deliberately provocative and rude?
Azman mentions two novels Shahnon Ahmad's satire Shit (no translation needed!) and Ibrahim Ali's Babi (Pig), but points out that the phenomena is more widespread, particularly now in poetry.
While I can understand the concern on the part of those who believe their most cherished traditions and cultural values are slipping away, writers surely must be free to express their ideas in the language they feel is appropriate.
Would love your comments on Azman's piece, particularly as I'm struggling to fully understand the language. The issues raised do seem to me very important.