Parents of Malaysian teacher charged with criminal trespass visit her at IMH

Family members of Malaysian school teacher Nurul Ruhana Ishak (pictured), who is remanded for psychiatric assessment after she was charged with criminal trespass, visited her at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) on Saturday afternoon.  -- PHO
Family members of Malaysian school teacher Nurul Ruhana Ishak (pictured), who is remanded for psychiatric assessment after she was charged with criminal trespass, visited her at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) on Saturday afternoon.  -- PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

The parents of the Malaysian school teacher, who is remanded for psychiatric assessment after she was charged with criminal trespass, visited her at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) on Saturday afternoon.

Deputy High Commissioner Kamsiah Kamaruddin told The Straits Times that her parents, who have been in Singapore since Thursday, met with Nurul Ruhana Ishak at about 2.45 pm.

Nurul, 28, had allegedly slipped past immigration officers at the Woodlands Checkpoint last week by tailgating a car. An alarm was raised two minutes later, and the arrival zone locked down for half an hour, but her Malaysian-registered car had gone by then.

On Monday, she tailgated a taxi for an hour. The cabby called the police and was directed to drive into the Police Cantonment Complex. There, Nurul managed to give the authorities the slip again.

It was only later the same day, when she entered the compound of Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs without authorisation, that she was eventually apprehended. No passport or identification was found on Nurul when she was arrested.

Police said on Wednesday that Nurul has been charged with criminal trespass and has been remanded at IMH for psychiatric assessment. She is due back in court in Feb 5.

The Malaysian authorities are also looking into how Nurul, who graduated as a teacher from Universiti Sains Malaysia in 2010, could have sneaked through the Johor checkpoint.