Photos of a man found hanging in the stairwell of a flat in Penang have gone viral. The shocking incident allegedly happened yesterday (Thursday, 1st December) and it took place in Lily Flat, Bukit Penara Balik Pulau.
According to Facebook page Penang Kini, the man was suffering from depression. Though the man’s identity was not revealed, residents who knew him have commented on the post. Apparently, he works for the Democratic Action Party (DAP) and is a kind-hearted man.
Facebook user Vicky wrote, “R. I . P . He was very kind to everyone and every kid when I was little. We will never forget him. I’m so regretful and sorry we can’t help anything and I was too far away.”
The photos have received a mixed response from netizens. While a majority of them expressed their sympathy towards the deceased, some criticised his actions, saying that he’s setting a bad example for other people. Some even put the blame on DAP and Penang’s high cost of living.
Recently, a man ended his life by jumping off the 2nd Penang bridge. In a suicide note, the man said that he did not want to go to jail and let his children be called “a convict’s children”. It was reported that he was charged for selling illegal cigarettes that are worth below RM160 in 2012.