Helping, no longer punishing, the ones prone to suicide

Helping, no longer punishing, the ones prone to suicide

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SITI SABRINA KASSIM ZAFARUL AKBAR started this petition to Parliament of Malaysia and

STOP CRIMINALIZING SUICIDE ATTEMPTS!

The trend of suicide rate is increasing among teenagers and adults in Malaysia. However, Malaysia is one of the few countries that still criminalize suicide. Someone who has attempt suicide and results in a non-fatal injury will bear a significant burden. Although they regret their decisions, they still have to face the court of law due to the attempted suicide. For instance, a case in 2017 related to a woman aged 24 years old whereby she was unemployed and had been stressed out of her mother's lung cancer treatment and is required to pay RM 2,000 fine sentenced by the courts or three months imprisonment due to her attempt on killing herself.

The government must act on this issue as soon as possible and modify the current law by considers a suicide survivor to be under extreme stress when committing the act and should not be punished for it. For example, Article 309 of the Malaysian Penal Code [8] states that any person who attempts suicide and commits an act for the payment of such a crime will be punished with up to one year in prison or a fine, or both.

Instead, the government should provide them with mental health services as most attempted suicide are having problems related to their emotional wellbeing, health, finances, family, and those struggling with depression, they should also receive support from their immediate family and friends. A care-based approach would reduce suicide rates by addressing mental health problems before they develop into suicide.

 

 

BERHENTI MENGHUKUM MANGSA CUBAAN BUNUH DIRI!

Trend kadar bunuh diri semakin meningkat di kalangan remaja dan dewasa di Malaysia. Walau bagaimanapun, Malaysia adalah salah satu daripada beberapa buah negara yang masih menghukum jenayah bunuh diri. Mangsa cubaan bunuh diri yang mengalami kecederaan tidak membawa maut akan menanggung beban yang besar. Hal ini kerana, mereka masih perlu menghadap keputusan mahkamah atas tindakan percubaan membunuh diri walaupun telah sesal akan perbuatan yang dilakukan. Sebagai contoh, satu kes pada tahun 2017 yang berkaitan dengan seorang wanita berusia 24 tahun di mana mangsa merupakan seorang penganggur dan mengalami tekanan kerana kos rawatan barah paru-paru ibunya dan mangsa dikehendaki membayar denda RM 2,000 yang dijatuhkan oleh mahkamah atau penjara tiga bulan atas percubaannya untuk membunuh diri.

Kerajaan mesti bertindak mengatasi masalah ini secepat mungkin dan mengubah undang-undang semasa dengan menganggap mangsa bunuh diri berada dalam keadaan tertekan ketika melakukan perbuatan itu dan tidak boleh dihukum. Sebagai contoh, Artikel 309 Kanun Keseksaan Malaysia [8] menyatakan bahawa individu yang disabit kesalahan boleh dikenakan hukuman penjara maksimum setahun atau denda atau kedua-duanya.

Sebaliknya, kerajaan harus memberi mangsa perkhidmatan kesihatan mental kerana kebanyakan mangsa percubaan bunuh diri mengalami masalah yang berkaitan dengan kesejahteraan emosi, kesihatan, kewangan, keluarga, dan mereka yang bergelut dengan kemurungan, harus mendapat sokongan dari keluarga dan rakan terdekat mereka. Pendekatan berasaskan penjagaan akan mengurangkan kadar bunuh diri dengan mengatasi masalah kesihatan mental sebelum menjadi serius sehingga menyebabkan kematian.

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