Sunday, April 16, 2017

Compassion Flees

At the Petaling Jaya Magistrates' Court on Thursday, Yew Kah Sin pleaded guilty to attempted suicide by slashing her left wrist and right hand with a knife. She ended up in a hospital and received 30 stitches for her effort.
 
Magistrate Salamiah Salleh said suicide was not a solution, no matter how much pressure a person faced. She then imposed a RM2,000 fine on the unemployed 24-year-old woman.
 
Compassion seems to have fled in this particular case.
 
Yet, we must not forget the alternative argument. As Susanna Kaysen (“Girl, Interrupted”) said: “Suicide is a form of murder – premeditated murder. It isn't something you do the first time you think of doing it. It takes getting used to. And you need the means, the opportunity, the motive. A successful suicide demands good organization and a cool head, both of which are usually incompatible with the suicidal state of mind”.
 
In fact, another news item had highlighted that a total of 122 suicide cases have been reported in Selangor between January to December last year.
 
This alarming number of cases was documented by the Criminal Investigation Department of Selangor Police Contingent Headquarters and shared with Subang Jaya assemblyperson Hannah Yeoh.
 
Citing records obtained from IPD Subang Jaya, Yeoh said 65 suicide cases were reported in Subang Jaya between 2011 and 2015. What troubled her even more was the fact that there are many more cases that go unreported or get ruled as sudden death upon the family’s request.
 
When she initiated a suicide awareness campaign in her constituency, the outcome was a 30 percent increase in calls to Befrienders from Subang Jaya residents.
 
We really need to appreciate how precious life is!

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