POSTSCRIPT: Seems Tash Aw has not been ignored at all. Apologies for my over reaction! Apparently the book is due for launch here in June, and The Edge and The Star (and I suppose the NST and others) will be interviewing him. And I now have a review copy of the book in my hands, so I'm happy at last.
I like what Elizabeth Wong wrote in reply to my post in mywordup: "There are plenty of great writers from here and on occasion, and some do 'make it' like Beth Yahp, Rani etc. who had great reviews abroad and their work translated. Tash isn't the first and he won't be the last. And these are just the ones who write in English... So let's give mucho support to those who are trying to write here and who are trying to make a difference. Go Pang! Go Kam! Go Neohikayat! Go to Darling Muse this Saturday!"