Suicide cases have recently skyrocketed in Malaysia in the midst of MCO. Even in Klang Valley alone, the increasing statistics compared to previous years have been very alarming.
Just yesterday (Thursday, 1st July), a 54-year-old man jumped from the 15th floor to his death. The incident took place at the Pandan Ria Ampang apartment. It is understood that the man had lived on the 5th floor of the apartment for the past 3 decades.
Last month, the man – who works as a lorry driver – lost his wife to Covid-19. Ampang Jaya district police confirmed in a statement that he had also contracted the deadly virus. Ampang Jaya police chief ACP Mohamad Farouk Eshak said the man went up to the top floor to commit suicide at approximately 8:30am.
What’s even more heartbreaking is that with both husband and wife gone, their only 15-year-old teenager is now an orphan. The distraught teenager confirmed that the mother had succumbed to Covid-19 in early June. We can’t even begin to imagine what it is like to lose both parents back-to-back.
Mohamad Farouk added that the lorry driver found out about his Covid-19 status when he recently went for a check-up at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Hospital (HUKM). This case has since been classified as sudden death.
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