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Decriminalising Suicide Attempts in Malaysia

Arijey Sura, Koh Hui Hong, Chiah Zhi Shen, Cheam Yean Quen, Leong Zhao Chuen, Faris Durrani, Lua Yun Xin, Ng Jen Wei, Lai Nai Ling Gillian, Muhammad Zharif Muadz bin Lokman, Keisava Ragu.
June 27, 2022
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This paper discusses the origin and enforcement of Section 309 of the Penal Code, which criminalises suicide attempts in Malaysia and other mental health laws in Malaysia, such as the Mental Health Act 2001 and Mental Health Regulations 2010. Additionally, this paper will bring forward our recommendation for decriminalising suicide attempts and propose post-decriminalisation prevention policies.

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