PETALING JAYA - The woman who attempted suicide by setting herself and a cache of flammable material on fire in her car, on the steps of her former office in Bangsar South, is still in critical condition.
At the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC), her brother said she has yet to regain conciousness and was still not stable.
He confirmed that his 35-year-old sister, who was dismissed for misconduct by her former employer last year, has been treated for psychiatric problems.
However, he declined to comment on his sister's allegations against her old company which police said triggered her fiery outburst outside its office in aflluent Bangsar South on Friday evening.
Witnesses in the office building along Jalan Kerinchi said the woman was seen driving her Perodua Viva up the curb from the road towards the premise before it got stuck on some steps.
"I thought it was an accident, maybe she wanted to reverse but she accidentally hit the accelerator," said an employee at the building.
To his shock, he claimed the woman wound down her window, took out a lighter and lifted it into the air.
She then began lighting her shirt on fire. The witness also claimed that he could smell gas coming from the car.
According to Brickfields OCPD Asst Comm Sharul Mansor, the woman had three large bottles of petrol, a gas tank and a box of firecrackers at the back of her car.
Security guards doused the woman and car with fire extinguishers.
She sustained 50% burns on her body, he said.
"The victim worked at that building as an IT analyst from 2011 to last year before she was let go for not abiding by company rules. She is unmarried and lives with her family in Selayang.
"She has a psychiatric record and had sought treatment at a hospital before.
"We believe she may have not been satisfied with the company and was in the middle of a civil suit against it," he told reporters.
The woman had contacted several reporters in the past, also diligently updating her social media over claims that her former company had been "invading her privacy" and was in possession of nude photos of her, which they shared among employees there.
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