“Really Important, Help Me Choose D or L.”
On the 13th of May, Malaysians were shocked when a 16-year-old girl from Sarawak committed suicide after asking her followers via an Instagram poll to help her choose D(eath)/L(ife). “Really Important, Help Me Choose D/L” she had asked. According to the police, 69 percent of the respondents voted for D. About five hours later, she had taken her life by jumping down from the third floor of a shopping centre in Kuching.
Her body is now being examined at the Sarawak General Hospital Forensic Department. Ramkarpal Singh, an MP in the north-western state of Penang wonders if the girl would still be alive today if the majority of her online followers had voted L instead of D, and would she have heeded her followers if they had advised her to seek professional help.
According to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), the case is still under police investigation. Respondents to the deceased teen’s poll found guilty of encouraging her suicide could be charged under Section 305 of the Penal Code as it is an offense to abet the suicide of an individual below 18 years old. The offense will be carrying a maximum prison term of 20 years. For now, the MCMC is ready to provide any kind of technical help needed by the police.
— MCMC (Official) (@SKMM_MCMC) May 15, 2019
The increase of suicide rates in Malaysia is cause for concern According to a study of Suicide Attempts in Malaysia from the Year 1969 to 2011, suicide victims are female and range mostly from the age of 12 to 24. This latest heartbreaking suicide demonstrates that it is important for those of us who are online users and social media followers to communicate responsibly so we do not cause harm to others or encourage others to inflict harm either upon themselves or others.
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