Be strong, acid attack survivor tells teacher

GEORGE TOWN - Acid attack survivor Tan Hui Linn, who had previously sent a note of encouragement to burn victim Julie Yeoh, has again extended her support to the schoolteacher who had to face her alleged attackers in court over the last two days.

Tan, 21, encouraged Yeoh, 43, to remain strong.

"I wish to tell her to not be dejected with all the challenges (court trial and treatment). Persevere and things will be better," she said yesterday.

Tan, who is now studying accountancy in a college in Kuala Lumpur, and her mother were victims of an acid attack by her father at their home here in October 2009.

Her 50-year-old mother died while she was blinded in the right eye and had ugly scars on her face and body.

Tan, who has since undergone several corrective surgeries in South Korea, sent her first note of encouragement on May 19 last year through a friend shortly after reading about how Yeoh sustained severe burns on her body in a fire that was allegedly started by her mother-in-law.

Tan's father Tan Teik Swee, 56, was acquitted by the High Court here in April 2011 of murdering his wife and grievously hurting his daughter by splashing acid on them.

The court ruled that the man was of unsound mind when he committed the gruesome act, but ordered him to be detained at the pleasure of the Penang Yang di-Pertua Negri.

Tan has since forgiven her father, who apologised to her when she visited him in prison.

Yeoh, a mother of two, has been in court over the past two days to testify against her mother-in-law, Lee Wei Mei, 64, and the latter's sister, Wei Chee, 61. The two are jointly charged with injuring her with a knife at her home on May 8 last year. The sisters also face another charge of setting Yeoh's flat alight with petrol.