468 suicide cases in the first five months of 2021

by AZREEN HANI/ graphic by M ZUKRI

A total of 468 suicide cases were reported for the first five months of 2021, with Selangor recorded the highest number of cases.

According to the Criminal Investigation Department director CP Datuk Seri Abd Jalil Hassan, the state recorded a total of 117 or 25% of total suicide cases this year.

In average two persons have committed suicide daily in since 2019 until now, Abd Jalil said in a statement today.

For 2019 and 2020, Johor recorded the most cases with a total of 101 case.

During the 2019 to May 2021 period, the suicide cases reported involved 1,427 women and 281 men.

The majority of these cases involved teenagers aged 15 to 18 at 872 persons, followed by 668 persons aged 19 to 40.

According to the police investigations, three main causes for these suicide cases were family problems, emotional pressure and finances.

“Based on the trend of suicide incidents, all who are responsible especially the community should play an important role in curbing this.

“Individuals who face problems such as finance, health, emotional pressure, depression, family problems and others should be given assistance and support from their family and their closest friends,” he said.

Last month, The Malaysian Reserve reported that 53 suicide reports were received and 19 attempted suicide cases were reported in Penang between January and May this year, Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said.

He said these figures were based on the data shared by the state police chief during the Penang State Security Special Committee (JKKN) meeting.

“There were a total 19 attempted suicide cases and 53 suicide cases reported in the state between January and May this year.

The Malaysian Reserve had previously reported that Malaysia is witnessing an increase in suicide cases or near-suicide cases during the Covid-19 pandemic as prolonged uncertainties have put many under immense distress.

Several key statistics, including by the National Fire and Rescue Department Operations, indicated that the department alone had responded to 88 suicide cases, with 78 people rescued, seven injured and three fatalities recorded between March and July this year.

Befrienders Malaysia received about 4,142 calls between March 18 and May 16 during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period, where over a third of the calls on Covid-19 were suicidal in nature.

TMR had also reported that the country needs to prepare for a much higher rise in mental health issues during Phase 1 of the third Movement Control Order (MCO 3.0).