Review Disabled Man’s Conviction for Attempted Suicide & Repeal Section 309 of the Penal Code – Statement dd 3 February 2020

HAKAM urges the Attorney General’s Chambers to review the Kuala Terengganu Magistrate Court’s recent conviction and sentence to 7 months jail of a disabled man for attempted suicide.

Such charges under Section 309 of the Penal Code should never have been instituted in the first place. There is a serious lack of compassion and humanity in the criminal justice system if a disabled man who has reached such a desperate position in life is punished even further with a jail term. The law should not only be concerned with penalties, but must be tampered with mercy and kindness.
HAKAM calls for the disabled man to be given psychiatric assistance in a suitable institution, and not imprisonment where his mental health would likely deteriorate further.

HAKAM further calls for the Government to consider repealing the offence of attempt to commit suicide under Section 309 of the Penal Code. Other Commonwealth countries such as the UK, India and Singapore have already done the same. Malaysia is one of the only few countries which still retain this archaic law in our statute books. This recent conviction encapsulates everything that is wrong with such law.

Lim Wei Jiet
HAKAM Secretary-General

MP wants independent probe on self-immolation bid in police station

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 22 — A man’s alleged suicide bid by setting himself on fire inside a Perak police station must be investigated independently and not by the police, said DAP MP M. Kulasegaran today.

Kulasegaran, who is also the lawyer for the man’s family, said the incident today involving 47-year-old security guard Baskar Rao is deemed to have been while he was in “police custody” as he was handcuffed then.

Kulasegaran said it would be “unfair and unreasonable” for the police to investigate their own personnel for the police’s alleged wrongdoing.

“Ridiculous as it may sound, the general rule is the police will investigate the wrongs done by the police themselves.

“I urge the home minister to order an independent task force and inquiry to ascertain as to how Baskar set fire to himself in the Jelapang police compound.

“I am sure the police CCTV was functioning at the material time which will provide much of the required information,” the DAP national vice chairman said in a statement today. Read more

Woman fined RM2,000 for attempted suicide

Source: FMT News

Yew Kah Sin, 24, who is unemployed pleaded guilty to attempted suicide by slashing her left wrist and right hand with a knife. Pic from FMT News.

Yew Kah Sin, 24, who is unemployed pleaded guilty to attempted suicide by slashing her left wrist and right hand with a knife. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: A woman who attempted suicide by slashing her wrists several times was fined RM2,000 in default three months’ jail by the Magistrate’s Court here yesterday.

Magistrate Salamiah Salleh sentenced Yew Kah Sin, 24, who is unemployed, after she pleaded guilty to attempted suicide by slashing her left wrist and right hand with a knife.

She was admitted to the emergency ward and received 30 stitches.

“No matter how much pressure you are facing, suicide is not a solution, now you’re out of the hospital, you must be charged in court anyway.

“You must know that attempting suicide is a crime,” said the magistrate.

The woman who appeared calm throughout the proceedings committed the offence at a beauty saloon at a shopping centre in Bandar Sunway, here at 5.25pm on March 30. Read more