Public Health: When Will Malaysia Decriminalise Suicide?
Azrul Mohd Khalib, CEO, Galen Centre for Health & Social Policy | Kasthuri Patto, MP Batu Kawan | Dato Sri M. Ramachelvam, Co-Chairperson, Law Reform & Special Areas Committee, Bar Council Malaysia
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In conjunction with World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September, we look at the long-standing debate about decriminalising suicide in Malaysia. What are the legal and political hurdles that stand in the way of efforts to review Section 309 of the Penal Code? We ask YB Kasthuri Patto, Batu Kawan MP, and member of the Decriminalisation of Suicide Focus Group, National Coalition for Mental Wellbeing, Dato’ Sri M. Ramachelvam, to weigh in on these questions, and why decriminalisation needs to be a priority for the new Health Minister YB Khairy Jamaluddin.
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Produced by: Tee Shiao Eek
Presented by: Tee Shiao Eek
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