A few of his more vocal critics even threatened to burn down Dewan Bahasa & Pustaka (DBP) for choosing him.Clearly much thicker skinned than most, none of this though has prevented him from writing. He says :
When you cook well and a lot people says your food is nice, you have to be happy ... If there are only one or two chefs who do not like your cooking, you have to live with the fact. You cannot make everyone happy.