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Sweeping changes proposed to Singapore Penal Code; attempted suicide to be decriminalised.
 

One of the PCRC’s recommendations the Government took onboard is the decriminalisation of attempted suicide

 

The release said that most of the respondents to the recommendations agreed that people who attempt suicide should be provided with help rather than be penalised. A minority felt that decriminalising the act is “contrary to the societal view that life is precious”, it added.

 

To this, the Government said the repeal of attempted suicide “does not mean that (it) has shifted its position on the sanctity of life”.

“This is reflected through the continued criminalisation of the abetment of attempted suicide, as well as amendments to other legislation to provide the police with the powers to intervene to prevent loss of life or injury in cases of attempted suicide,” the ministries said. Euthanasia, for instance, is still a crime. 

 

People who attempt suicide should be helped, not prosecuted

 

In an announcement from the Ministries of Home Affairs and Law, the government said it agrees that people who attempt suicide should be provided with help, instead of being prosecuted as criminals.

 

It acknowledged growing recognition that treatment, rather than prosecution, is the appropriate response to people who attempt to take their own lives.

 

The PCRC highlighted that this has also formed the basis of how the police has handled cases like this thus far.

 

As it is, the rate of prosecution under Section 309 is extremely low, the ministries said, with the police usually referring cases of attempted suicide to a hospital or the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) for assessment.

 

Police and SCDF to be better empowered to help

 

As such, the PCRC further proposed several measures to be implemented in conjunction with the repeal of Section 309, to better strengthen the abilities of the police and SCDF to aid such cases.

 

https://mothership.sg/2019/02/attempted-suicide-decriminalised-section-309-repeal/?fbclid=IwAR149Pl7ZKeBbNQTev0OT5N75E9E_y-Fd2WhOgZrconCqYrVyD_K-XjNdCg

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At the same time, to share. Singapore Mental Health Film Festival 21 – 24 February 2019. If you know of friends,family suffering from various degree of mental illness,reach out to them. talk to them. listen. if u cant help, contact someone whom u know can. dont wait b4 its too late to reach out. break the mental health stigma because it can happen to anyone.

 

https://smhff.com/

 

 

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Right move... People attempting to take their own life already have enough troubles, no need to add another one. 

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Rare sensible move by our beloved Ministars..

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Come every GE i am sure to suffer from mental health!

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Strange.

 

We make it a criminal offence for attempted suicide (in the past before this) BUT it is OK for capital punishment?

 

If someone take the law into his own hands and kill someone unintentionally, there is a chance, he may also face capital punishment.

 

If someone take drugs (and in his possession sufficient for capital punishment) trying to kill himself, but because the drugs on him exceed the limit and mandates capital punishment. His attempted suicide is decriminalized BUT because he had too much drugs on him, kill him anyway.

 

 

As I read more on laws, it is sometimes filled with confusing issues.

 

 

 

 

 

Sweeping changes proposed to Singapore Penal Code; attempted suicide to be decriminalised.
 

One of the PCRC’s recommendations the Government took onboard is the decriminalisation of attempted suicide

 

The release said that most of the respondents to the recommendations agreed that people who attempt suicide should be provided with help rather than be penalised. A minority felt that decriminalising the act is “contrary to the societal view that life is precious”, it added.

 

To this, the Government said the repeal of attempted suicide “does not mean that (it) has shifted its position on the sanctity of life”.

“This is reflected through the continued criminalisation of the abetment of attempted suicide, as well as amendments to other legislation to provide the police with the powers to intervene to prevent loss of life or injury in cases of attempted suicide,” the ministries said. Euthanasia, for instance, is still a crime. 

 

People who attempt suicide should be helped, not prosecuted

 

In an announcement from the Ministries of Home Affairs and Law, the government said it agrees that people who attempt suicide should be provided with help, instead of being prosecuted as criminals.

 

It acknowledged growing recognition that treatment, rather than prosecution, is the appropriate response to people who attempt to take their own lives.

 

The PCRC highlighted that this has also formed the basis of how the police has handled cases like this thus far.

 

As it is, the rate of prosecution under Section 309 is extremely low, the ministries said, with the police usually referring cases of attempted suicide to a hospital or the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) for assessment.

 

Police and SCDF to be better empowered to help

 

As such, the PCRC further proposed several measures to be implemented in conjunction with the repeal of Section 309, to better strengthen the abilities of the police and SCDF to aid such cases.

 

https://mothership.sg/2019/02/attempted-suicide-decriminalised-section-309-repeal/?fbclid=IwAR149Pl7ZKeBbNQTev0OT5N75E9E_y-Fd2WhOgZrconCqYrVyD_K-XjNdCg

 

 

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Right move... People attempting to take their own life already have enough troubles, no need to add another one. 

 

yeah.. macham if you want to die, better make sure you succeed, else you kanna one more offense. You add one more list of item that is worth dying for..

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I am very happy that  this law is being amended! 

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For information.

 

If jail,  likely government pays.

If psychiatric institution, relative pays?

 

MENTAL HEALTH (CARE AND TREATMENT) ACT
(CHAPTER 178A)
 
Application for order for payment of cost of maintenance
 
If any patient detained in a psychiatric institution under the provisions of this Act has an estate applicable to his maintenance, or if any person legally bound to maintain the patient has the means to maintain him, the principal officer of the institution may apply to the court for an order for the payment of the cost of maintenance of the patient.
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Right move... People attempting to take their own life already have enough troubles, no need to add another one.

Couldn't agree more...
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To begin with, people who are deterred by the punishments for self harm would not have really attempted suicide.

 

People who attempt suicide would see the punishment as being trivial and perhaps even taunting them to succeed in losing their lives.

 

This change is a good one.

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Amazing. Our gahmen actually got something right for once.

 

 

Too busy (Boh Eng) prosecuting chaps like Wham.

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This is actually a good move.

No point adding more stress into their lives. 

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This is actually a good move.

No point adding more stress into their lives.

What do u mean by good move?

By right , they should set up a committee to find out the causes for the rise in suicide cases..

We wan a caring Doberman not a cold bochap one..

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There should be an exception to this new rule. "Discriminalised those committimg suicide attempt".

 

 

Those committing "suicide attempt" on the road should be punish as per se.

 

Want to die...drive this way..

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What do u mean by good move?

By right , they should set up a committee to find out the causes for the rise in suicide cases..

We wan a caring Doberman not a cold bochap one..

I think they probably know the causes in rise of suicide rates here, and the reasons has been said in different news before.

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For information.

 

If jail, likely government pays.

If psychiatric institution, relative pays?

 

MENTAL HEALTH (CARE AND TREATMENT) ACT

(CHAPTER 178A)

 

Application for order for payment of cost of maintenance

 

If any patient detained in a psychiatric institution under the provisions of this Act has an estate applicable to his maintenance, or if any person legally bound to maintain the patient has the means to maintain him, the principal officer of the institution may apply to the court for an order for the payment of the cost of maintenance of the patient.

Everywhere Govt is using means testing on everthing
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