By John Isaac
SARAWAK recorded a total 27 attempted suicide cases for the first six months of this year, said The Ministry of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development.
Its minister, Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said this marked a 12.5 per cent increase compared to 22 such cases during the same period last year.
She said from Jan – Dec last year, a total 49 suicide cases were reported, but from Jan – June this year alone, there have been 37 such cases.
Police, meanwhile said among the causes for these suicides were depression, family problems, failed relationships, financial hardships and emotional distress.
Sarawak CID Chief, SAC Lukas Aket said most cases involved males above the age of 18.
Lukas had earlier met Fatimah at her office in Petra Jaya and briefed her on the crime trends in the state.
He focused on social issues such as suicide, attempted suicide, sexual crimes, domestic violence and gambling.