Three in family commit suicide due to high cost of living, son survives

  • Nation
  • Friday, 19 Oct 2018

PERLIS: Three members of a family committed suicide Thursday (Oct 18) because they were indebted and could not cope with the high cost of living.

According to police reports, the bodies of a 66-year-old father, a 64-year-old mother and their 35-year-old daughter were found floating in the Kampung Belat Batu river in Perlis.

Upon investigations, police found that the incident took place under the flyover of Lebuhraya Kuala Perlis Changloon Kg Belat Batu in Arau.

Police said they received a call from a witness saying that the eldest son of the deceased family had been found alive the morning after close to the river.

The son revealed that his family intended to consume some form of poison and jump into the river. However, he changed his mind at the last moment and decided not to go along with it.

He managed to climb out of the river, but the rest of his family were swept away by the current.

According to police reports, the motive behind the suicides were debt and the high cost of living.

The matter is still under investigation.

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