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Sting in tail for Malena's doubters.

A MALAYSIAN woman has emerged triumphant from a locked glass room where she had lived for the past 30 days with 2,700 scorpions.

Malena Hassan, aged 24, was mobbed by scores of supporters - delighted that she had proved those who said she would be unable to stay the course.

They watched her set what she claimed is a Malaysian record at an exhibition in Kota Bahru Museum, in north-eastern Kelantan state.

"This is my dream come true," she said, minutes after she stepped out of the cramped room filled with poisonous scorpions.

Her trainer, Ali Khan Shamsudin, said his Malena, whom he picked to perform the feat from 36 women, seemed healthy despite having been stung seven times and running a high fever at one point.

Malena only left the glass room once a day from July 1, for 15 minutes at a time.

She slept, ate and performed Muslim prayers in the room, furnished with a bed and a table.

Thousands of people - including many senior government officials - visited the museum to view Malena's potentially deadly exploit.

Over the past several years, Malaysians have displayed a growing penchant for offbeat records.

They include the highest backward climb up a staircase, the largest number of old people at a circus and the greatest number of heads shampooed in one day at a shopping mall.

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Date:Aug 1, 2001
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