Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today that the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) is reviewing the law regarding the acts of abetment and attempted suicide as criminal offences and is examining the legal options and implications of doing so.
Ismail said that the incidences of attempted suicides had been increasing of late among various age groups. “The issue is becoming more acute because of the uncertain economic situation, which has seen many lose their sources of income. Therefore, a more holistic approach needs to be taken to curb such acts", he said in a written reply to a question from Noorita Sual (PH-Tenom) who had requested for an an update on moves to decriminalise attempted suicide.
There were 902 attempted suicides from 2018 to June 2021, all of whom which resulted in prosecutions. 261 cases were prosecuted in 2018, 243 in 2019, 223 last year and 175 in the first six months of this year.
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