T’ganu govt to bear surgery cost for acid attack victim


HULU TERENGGANU: The Terengganu government has agreed to bear the RM100,000 plastic surgery cost of 14-year-old acid attack victim, Nurul Dahyatul Fazlinda Mat Haizan.

Its Menteri Besar, Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman said the reconstructive surgery for the teenager would be carried out after receiving approval and advice from Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital (HSNZ) plastic surgeons.

“The state government has agreed to bear the total plastic surgery cost for ‘adik’ Lin (Nurul Dahyatul). The surgery will take place pending approval from surgeons at HSNZ.

“If they say it (surgery) can be done here, we will do it here. If it needs to be done overseas, we will still cover the surgery’s total cost,” he told reporters after visiting and handing over Hari Raya aid to Nurul Dahyatul’s family at her grandmother’s house in Kampung Sekayu here today.

Also present were State Youth and Sports Committee chairman, Rozi Mamat who is also Telemong state assemblyman; and State Education Department director, Shafruddin Ali Hussin.

In an incident six years ago, most of Nurul Dahyatul’s face was severely injured after her father splashed acid on it.

Her mother, Che Ku Zaimah Che Ku Awang, 28; grandmother, Minah Omar, 56, and her brother, Mohd Irfan Firdaus, 2, also sustained burns in the upper body in the incident.

Ahmad Razif also said the state government would provide an education scholarship to Nurul Dahyatul and her two brothers in order to ease the burden of their mother who is working as a restaurant assistant in Kemaman.

Che Ku Zaimah expressed her thanks to the state government for the assistance.

“I am grateful for the aid given and hope the surgery will go through smoothly,” she said.