17-Year-Old M’sian Who Allegedly Attempted Suicide Might Face Jail Time & Netizens Are Furious

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Just two days ago, a form five student in Kulai suffered broken arms and severe injuries to the head and face after she allegedly jumped off the fourth floor of the school building.

According to NST, Kulai district police chief Supt Tok Beng Yeow said the incident was believed to have occurred at 1.26pm, after the girl and her classmates sat for a test.

He said the police were immediately informed of the incident by a teacher at the school.

“Right after sitting for the test, the student was said to have gone out to the corridor and jumped off from the fourth floor of the building,” he said in a statement yesterday (19 Nov).

Kulai district police chief Supt Tok Beng Yeow (source: Sinar Harian)

He said the girl was initially rushed to Temenggong Seri Maharaja Tun Ibrahim Hospital in Kulai but was later transferred to Sultanah Aminah Hospital for further treatment.

Authorities also informed that the case is being investigated under Section 309 of the Penal Code for the attempt to commit suicide, which carries a maximum jail term of one year, a fine or both upon conviction.

When news broke about it recently, netizens were horrified over the fact that the 17-year-old might face jail time over something that needed emotional intervention instead. Take a look:

Just last month, Malaysians were relieved that the home ministry and the attorney-general’s chambers (AGC) have agreed to decriminalise suicide attempts.

While it has not come into fruition, it seems like now is the time for the government to lay out a clear timeline and tangible plans to repeal Section 309 of the Penal Code.

According to Malaysia Kini, there is a total of 638 suicides recorded in the first seven months of 2021, as compared with 262 cases for the same period last year – this is a staggering 143% increase in cases.

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