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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Kuala Lumpur: The suicide count among youths in Malaysia is highest among males of Indian descent, a new study discloses.

“The suicide rate among youths was 1.03 per 100,000 population in 2009, accounting for the male gender (66.0 per cent), with Indians being the highest suicide completers (40.4 per cent and 5.6 per 100,000 population),” a recent study published in the Asia-Pacific Psychiatry journal has revealed.

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“The most-common method of suicide was hanging (56.6 per cent) followed by self-poisoning (15.1 per cent),” malaysiandigest.com news portal reported, citing the study.

Another study, published in The Scientific World Journal in 2014, had echoed the same, saying that the Indian population in Malaysia makes up the largest percentage of people who attempt suicide.

The article said from 1969 to 2011, Indians had the highest suicide attempt rates at 3.67 per 100,000. The Chinese followed at 2.44 per 100,000 and Malays had rates as low as 0.32 per 100,000.

“Some of the risk factors among Malaysian Indians which could explain the higher number of suicide attempts in this group are poverty (a majority of Indians are from the lower social class) and alcoholism,” the researchers highlighted.

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Also, psychiatry morbidity, caste issues, other social distress, cultural and religious factors and attitude to suicide contributed to the cases.

“On the other hand, it is much more difficult for Muslim Malays to attempt suicide since it is against their religion,” the researchers added.

“Education also contributed to some differences; 89 per cent of the studies showed that suicide attempters had secondary level of education compared to primary and tertiary,” researchers noted.

In 2015, some high profile suicide cases which grabbed media attention involved Malaysian Indians.

In May, an Indian journalist had jumped in front of a train and was killed.

In another case, a woman shot a video threatening revenge– in the form of killing her child– from her grave before committing suicide.

The video went viral and on the same weekend, her one-year-old daughter died.

With inputs from IANS

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Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan is seen during talks in Beijing, China. VOA

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said that his government is following measures taken by the Chinese government to bring their people out of poverty.

Addressing a ceremony here, the prime minister said that the ultimate goal of all the steps taken by his government is to eliminate poverty, Xinhua news agency reported.

“We are making policies to give incentives to industrialists and people involved in textile sector, our motive is to let people make money so that they can produce job opportunities and help people get out of poverty, like China did.”

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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during a ceremony in Kartarpur, Pakistan. VOA

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He said the government is bringing a comprehensive policy to eradicate poverty in which a coordinated effort will be made by all official welfare departments to provide relief to the poor and needy.

Talking about uplift programmes for the lower strata of society, he said the government will invest in health and education for poor people, besides providing them easy loans to build their houses. (IANS)