30-Year-Old Penang Woman Slashes Her Body With A Knife Before Setting Herself On Fire

She suffered 40% burns from the blaze.

A 30-year-old woman in Penang is in critical condition after she slashed her body with a knife and set herself on fire yesterday, 6 February

New Straits Times reported that the woman suffered 40% burns on her body during the 11.30am incident at her home in Jalan Ayer Itam, Penang.

Prior to burning herself, she slashed her thighs and chest with a knife.

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It was reported that the woman has a history of mental illness

According to New Straits Times, her 32-year-old brother found her covered in blood when he visited the apartment, where their mother and younger brother also reside. 

According to northeast police chief Assistant Commissioner Che Zaimani Che Awang, the elder brother immediately contacted police and an ambulance.

However, as he was waiting for them to arrive, the woman ran out of the home, doused herself in petrol, and set herself ablaze.

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Che Awang added that her brother and two policemen were able to immediately extinguish the fire before it consumed her whole body

Free Malaysia Today reported that the woman's mother, who had been looking after the woman, had gone to Kuala Lumpur to send the younger brother off to study.

It was confirmed that the woman received medical treatment for mental instability last week.

Suicide is never the option.

If you or anyone you know may be at risk of suicide, please call these hotlines:

1. ALL WOMEN'S ACTION SOCIETY (AWAM) - TELENITA 

Address: 85, Jalan 21/1, Sea Park, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Contact: +603-7877 0224 | Website

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Contact: 1800-88-2600 | 03-26179905

4. TALIAN NUR
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5. WOMEN'S AID ORGANISATION (WAO)
Contact: +03-7956 3488 |[email protected] | Website

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