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Decriminalizing Suicide In Malaysia - What's Next?

Wen-Li Chan, Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham Malaysia | Asso. Prof. Dr. Anasuya Jegathevi Jegathesan, Director for the Center of Human Development and Excellence at Taylor's University

08-Oct-21 18:00

Decriminalizing Suicide In Malaysia - What's Next?

In today's Inside Story, we look into the news of the abolishment of Section 309 of the Penal Code on the criminalization of suicide, following the statement made by Deputy Health Minister Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang in yesterday's parliament sitting on this topic. First, we discuss how changing this law would help, and what else needs to be done to support it. Next, we revisit what Nurul Izzah Anwar and Kasthuri Patto have said on this issue, in conversations with our colleagues on The Bigger Picture and The Breakfast Grille. Finally, we talk about the kind of mental health care and support should be provided for people who have survived suicide attempts.

If you would like to speak to someone, you can contact:

- Befrienders: 03-76272929 (or email them at, 24/7 hotline

- Mercy Malaysia's Psychological First Aid (PFA) Hotline: 03-29359935 - 8.00AM - 5.00PM from Mondays to Fridays - 8.00AM - 1.00PM on Saturdays

- Mental Health Psychosocial Support Service (MHPSS): 03-29359935 or 014-3223392

- Talian Kasih: 15999, or WhatsApp 019-2615999

Image Source: Priscilla Du Preez, Unsplash

Produced by: Adeline Choong, Tasha Fusil, Alia Zefri

Presented by: Lee Chwi Lynn, Sharmilla Ganesan

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