- Home Ministry and the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) have agreed to abolish Section 309 of the Penal Code, which criminalises attempted suicide.
- Health Ministry developed a Strategic National Mental Health Plan (2020-2025), launching on October 10 in conjunction with World Mental Health Day, to improve mental health and reduce suicides
Malaysia To Decriminalise Attempted Suicide According To Deputy Health Minister
According to Deputy Health Minister II Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang (Kanowit-GPS), the Home Ministry and the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) have agreed to abolish Section 309 of the Penal Code, which criminalises attempted suicide .
He said the issue will be presented before the cabinet at Ministers’ Question Time in the Dewan Rakyat today.
“Suicide cases under Section 309, which states that attempting suicide is an offence, have been a topic of discussion for a long time, and the process (of abolition) is under way.”
“I understand that the Home Ministry and AGC have agreed to abolish Section 309 related to suicide attempts, and now, the matter will be brought to the cabinet.
“Amendments will be made to Section 309 so that those who attempt to commit suicide will not be found guilty.”
Section 309 of the Penal Code says that individuals who are unsuccessful in their suicide attempt may face charges and penalties of up to a year in prison, a fine, or both.
According to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, the Attorney-Chambers General’s is examining at the legal alternatives and implications of making attempted suicide a non-criminal offence.
source - american psychological association
He also advocated for a comprehensive approach to the study of suicide.
He went on to say that the Health Ministry has implemented long-term plans to improve mental health and reduce suicides.
“We have developed a Strategic National Mental Health Plan (2020-2025), which was launched on October 10 in conjunction with World Mental Health Day. It outlines clear strategies to prevent suicidal behaviour issues, and focuses on collaboration between government agencies, the private sector and NGOs.”
“We also have a psychosocial support helpline in collaboration with NGOs to increase access to mental health services and assist individuals in need of support during the pandemic.”
“We have strengthened mental health programmes at the community level through services at clinics, covering promotional activities and early detection through screening to detect early levels of stress, anxiety and depression, as well as individuals at risk of mental health problems, and intervention measures.”