Smash the stigma, stop the suicides


SINGAPORE beat us to it again, this time in decriminalising suicide. Last week, it became the latest country to repeal archaic laws that made suicide attempts a criminal act.Unlike in Malaysia, where experts have been mulling over the issue since 2012, Singapore’s Penal Code Review Committee appraised outdated laws and came up with recommendations in August 2018.

Its parliament passed the Criminal Law Reform Bill on May 6,2019, and the law came into effect on New Year’s Day.

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