SEPANG - A Malaysian mother who was jailed in a child abuse case in Sweden is now looking forward to resuming her teaching career.
Shalwati Norshal, 46, returned home from Sweden yesterday after completing her 14-month sentence handed down by the Solna district court in Sweden in March for gross violation of the integrity of her daughter and eldest son, as well as assault of her two younger sons in 2010.
"It has been a spiritual journey. It is not easy to have a time between you and Allah.
So it (the incarceration) is a moment I treasure so much," she said, tearing up as she described her experience in prison.
When asked about the treatment she received at the prison, Shalwati said she was treated well and did not have any problems.
"The security was undoubtedly tight compared to my husband's prison. But they (the prison officers) were good to me," she said.
Shalwati's arrival at the airport was a quiet affair as her husband was the only one greeting her there.
Her husband Azizul Raheem Awaluddin, 38, who was in Sweden as a Tourism Malaysia director, was sentenced to 10 months prison for gross violation of the integrity of his eldest son and the assault of his daughter and second oldest son.
He was acquitted of the offences against his youngest son. Azizul was released in July just before Hari Raya.
Shalwati said she was also looking forward to going back to her teaching profession.
The children, she added, would continue their schooling year in Kota Baru until the end of the year.
The couple made headlines in Malaysia and Sweden after they were charged with abusing their children, sparking a debate on whether it was appropriate for parents to adopt corporal punishment on their children.
Later at 7.30pm, Shalwati and Azizul arrived at the Sultan Ismail Airport in Kota Baru where she was reunited with her four children.
She hugged Aishah, Ammar, Adam and Ariff in a heart-wrenching homecoming.
While tears flowed freely amid cries of joy and a sense of relief from her immediate family numbering more than 20 people, Shalwati kept on saying that her children were not at fault and she never blamed them for her predicament.
The children also surprised their mother by giving her a bouquet of flowers and cards with the words "Welcome home, Mummy" written on it.
Aishah said she was at loss of words after seeing her mother and that she was thankful to God they would be celebrating Hari Raya Haji together on Sunday.