AGC And Home Ministry Agree To Decriminalise Suicide And Abolish Section 309 Of Penal Code

Amendments will be made to Section 309 so that those who attempt suicide will not be found guilty.

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The Ministry of Home Affairs and Attorney General's Chambers (AGC) have agreed to abolish Section 309 of the Penal Code that criminalises suicide attempts

According to The Vibes, during Ministers' Question Time in the Dewan Rakyat today, 7 October, Deputy Health Minister II Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang said the matter will be brought to the Cabinet.

"Suicide cases under Section 309, which states that attempting suicide is an offence, have been a topic of discussion for a long time, and the process (of abolition) is underway," he said.

He then added, "I understand that the Home Ministry and AGC have agreed to abolish Section 309 related to suicide attempts, and now, the matter will be brought to the Cabinet."

The deputy minister also noted that amendments will be made to Section 309 so that those who attempt suicide will not be found guilty

The Penal Code currently states, "Whoever attempts to commit suicide, and does any act towards the commission of such offence, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year or with fine or with both."

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