KUALA LUMPUR: Chen Farn Sern had tried to help his wife Choo Khai Lun many times when she was diagnosed with schizophrenia in May.
Chen, 28, said Choo, who fell to her death together with their three-year-old son from their high-rise apartment on National Day, received treatment at the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre.
But she stopped taking her medication after just a week, claiming that it made her head hurt.
Chen claimed that Choo, 23, who had worked as a beautician, apparently had no recollection of her past attempts to commit suicide.
He said that his wife had attempted suicide in the past by jumping out of a moving vehicle and slashing her wrist, but he always managed to save her in time.
“She also attempted to hang herself but the rope broke,” he added.
Chen, a real estate agent, claimed he did all he could to keep his wife’s negative thoughts at bay, including going on family outings with their son and regularly taking them to Choo’s family home in Karak.
However, he had to ask Choo to resign from her job last month after her condition deteriorated.
Chen said the family drove up to stay the night at Choo’s family home on her last day at work on Monday.
However, the next morning, his wife took their son with her to their condominium in Bukit Jalil without his knowledge.
“When I called her, she said she had no idea what she was doing. I rushed back to our home to take care of her,” he said.
Chen also said a few days before her death, his wife had looked at the calendar on her phone and said that “her time had come”.
“I was confused but I kept her company and tried to cheer her up,” he said at the Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HUKM) mortuary yesterday.
Chen said he took the family to i-City in Shah Alam on Tuesday night, but Choo had insomnia when they returned home and was not able to sleep until the next morning.
He added that his wife told him that she wanted to go back to Karak.
“She had dressed herself and our son well. She even took him for a haircut,” he said. That was the last time Chen saw his wife and son.