On Wednesday (14 July), a married couple in Seremban was detained by the police after they allegedly attempted suicide as a family.
According to Kosmo, the couple uploaded a video to social media that caught the attention of netizens as they, along with their baby expressed disappointment with the current Covid-19 situation and they all drank from a bottle which is believed to be poison.
The man also fed his baby with the same drink with a syringe, where he then gobble up to remaining ‘poison’.
A report was lodged against them as there are concerns that this will set a bad example to the society, as well as concerns for child abuse.
Seremban District Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner Mohd Said Ibrahim said that the couple in the video, both 29 year-old were arrested after a report lodged on the purportedly live family suicide video.
In the 16 minute video that was circulated on social media, the father can be heard calling out to the Malaysian leaders to take serious action to steer the nation out of Covid-19.
He then went on sharing his struggles being a Grab driver in this difficult time and said that he is only voicing out for the Malaysian citizens who are currently suffering from extreme stress and depression as a result of the prolonged Movement Control Order (MCO) and the fight with Covid-19.
Unexpectedly, the man then say “Just now, it was just a role-play that I, my wife, and my son did. We didn’t drink any ‘poison’ or what. But make sure our Prime Minister, or either country leaders, must know how depression and stress speak. People are committing suicide because of this.”
According to Bernama, Mohd Said said that the case will be investigated under Section 505 (b) of the Penal Code, Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act, and Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001.
In addition, Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation director, Datuk Seri Abd Jalil Hassan said that his department have receive a report on the video too.
“The video shows three members of a family drinking (purportedly) ‘poison’ due to depression and the man also disputed efforts by the government in handling the COVID-19 pandemic and urged the government to take drastic action to address the issue which is causing stress and depression among the people, thus contributing to suicide cases in Malaysia.” he said.
“In the video, the suspect admitted that he was just doing a ‘role-play’ and the liquid was not ‘poison’,” he added.
Meanwhile, he said that the police will complete the investigation paper as soon as possible and refer it to the Attorney General’s Chambers for further action.
He also advice the public to use the social media wisely and responsibly by not inciting fear and panic among the community in the country.
Nonetheless, the pandemic has not spared anybody and if you or anybody you know needed emotional support, you can reach out to these organisations for help. They are available 24 hours a day too. Seeking for help is not a sign of weakness!