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M'sian teacher charged with criminal trespass in S'pore has history of mental illness: Aunt

Published on Jan 24, 2014 11:31 AM
 
The 28-year-old Malaysian school teacher, Nurul Ruhana Ishak, charged with criminal trespass in Singapore has a long history of mental illness, said  a relative. -- PHOTO: THE STAR

The 28-year-old Malaysian school teacher charged with criminal trespass in Singapore has a long history of mental illness, said a relative.

Quoting her aunt, Madam Hanifah Che Pi, Malaysian paper The Star reported on Friday that Nurul Ruhana Ishak had to be on medication constantly or she would suffer from depression.

Nurul is the eldest of five siblings from Pendang, in Kedah state, and suffered from depression in school and during her university years. Despite her illness, she graduated as a teacher from Universiti Sains Malaysia in 2010.

She was arrested on Monday in the compound of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and is being remanded at the Institute of Mental Health. Said Ms Hanifah, a housewife: "When she is ill, she becomes quiet and has to be spoonfed, but when she is feeling alright, she is a sweet and intelligent girl."

 
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