KUALA LUMPUR: After a 59-day detention away from her loved ones, housewife Yim Pek Ha – accused of abusing maid Nirmala Bonat – was finally allowed to go home yesterday to prepare for her trial next Monday.
Standing anxiously with a bouquet of roses in his arms at the Jalan Tun Perak lower courts complex since 8am was Yim’s husband, Hii Ik Tiing.
While waiting for his wife to arrive from Kajang, the businessman said the nine stalks of crimson blooms symbolised longevity, as he wanted the family to be together forever and never be separated again.
“We are one close-knit family. The children have been pining for their mother.
“During her stay in prison, my eldest daughter, who is in Year One, had been sketching many drawings, including one that says, 'Mom, I love you'.
“Today, all I want her to do is rest and relax,” said Hii, who was accompanied by his wife’s brother-in-law cum bailor, Law Boon Hock.
Yim was brought to the courthouse in a police truck at 9.25am with her hands cuffed to the back.
She seemed in high spirits as she was quickly escorted into the lock-up area.
Hii had only the chance to pass to someone inside the cordoned area a paper bag containing Yim's cosmetics and fresh clothing.
The father of four then waited faithfully outside the gated compound, with the bouquet in his right arm.
In the meantime, Law posted the RM85,000 bail granted by the High Court on Monday morning.
At 10.50am, a still-handcuffed Yim was taken out from the lock-up area where she had a face-to-face moment with Hii before she was quickly whisked into the administrative office where the bail bond was processed.
Five minutes later, she was out of the office. Hii gave his wife the flowers and the couple were locked in embrace for almost two minutes amidst flashes of blinding lights from cameras.
Counsel K. Balaguru said Yim’s immediate desire was to go home and cuddle her children.
A teary-eyed Yim, who was still choked with emotion, then slowly carved a smile and uttered: “I’m happy, I’m out. Thank you so much.”
On Monday, Yim obtained bail from High Court Justice Abdul Kadir Musa on grounds of poor health.
The judge had ruled that Yim's asthma and her blood pressure of 150/100 were special circumstances to allow bail.
Monday’s application was Yim’s third attempt at getting bail.
Yim has been detained since May 18. She was charged on May 22 in the Sessions Court, where she pleaded not guilty to three counts of causing grievous hurt to Nirmala, her teenaged maid, by pressing a hot iron on her body and splashing hot water on her thigh.
She allegedly committed the offences between January and April this year at her Villa Putera condominium in Jalan Tun Ismail here.
Each offence under Section 326 of the Penal Code carries a maximum 20 years' jail term and fine or whipping.
Yim also faces a fourth charge of breaking Nirmala’s nose after hitting it with a steel mug. She faces a jail term of up to seven years and fine if found guilty of the charge under Section 325 of the Penal Code.