Media Statement by YB Senator Lim Hui Ying (25 May 2022 I George Town, Penang):
Everyone plays a role to reduce and prevent suicide
Recent cases of people seeking to end their lives by jumping off the Penang Bridge is both worrying and disheartening.
This should be a concern for us all as life is precious and irreplaceable. The despair that leads struggling individuals to attempt suicide must be overcome by all segments in our society.
The federal and state governments, the private sector, the non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and grassroot groups should work alongside to inspire hope and provide a safety social net to prevent suicide.
There are at least three important aspects that the society as a whole should look into.
First, build up a strong network of support for individuals and families through grassroot groups led by Majlis Pengurusan Komuniti Kampung, Jawatankuasa Pembangunan Wanita dan Keluarga, and Jawatankuasa Belia Pulau Pinang at each residential area.
The focus will be to address and support those who are struggling. For example, target groups include those whose health or livelihood have been severely impacted by the pandemic, or those whose families are going through emotional or financial hardship.
Second, mobilise local charity bodies, religious communities, or NGOs to reach out and provide assistance to those in need. This can be in the form of counselling, support groups or fellowship, and the provision of financial or material aid.
Third, empower welfare agencies under the federal and state governments to provide elaborate programs that help to rebuild psychological and social resilience of those who are struggling.
Huge signboards with relevant messages and contact numbers should be clearly visible at the entrance of Penang Bridge to intercept and discourage suicidal thoughts.
These three approaches will be the three lines of defence against despair.
Other additional precautions that should also be considered is the establishment of a “suicide prevention squad” comprising of trained voluntary motorcyclists who will take turn to monitor and stop individuals from leaping off the Penang Bridge.
Authorities such as the police, the marine department, and the fire department should increase their hourly patrol at the sea along the bridge.
We will need everyone to work together to develop strong resilience that is inspired by hope in order to defeat the gloominess of despair.
LIM HUI YING
国会上议员林慧英媒体文告 (2022年5月25日 | 槟州乔治市):
首先，通过由乡村社区管理委员会（Majlis Pengurusan Komuniti Kampung, MPKK）、妇女及家庭发展委员会（Jawatankuasa Pembangunan Wanita dan Keluarga, JPWK）及槟州青年委员会（Jawatankuasa Belia Pulau Pinang ，JBPP）所领导的草根组织，在每个社区为个人和家庭提供强大的援助网络。