13-year-old allegedly commits suicide for having a lot of schoolwork

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Penang: The suicide of a 13-year-old Penang student has today shaken Penang state and whole Malaysia, including the Education Ministry.

He has allegedly hanged himself on Saturday in the bathroom of his parents’ flat at Jalan Paya Terubong, Taman Sri Relau in George Town, Penang.

Bernama news agency said it was reported that the teenager was not keen in his studies and had often complained to his parents about having too much schoolwork.

The Education Minister, Dr Maszlee Malik who has just announced today that “free breakfast will be served at all national schools across Malaysia starting from January next year” has been shocked by this incident.

“I am sad about the incident, because the school should be a happy place for the students to acquire knowledge and be nurtured. But if it has reached a stage of pressure … this should not happen.

“At the moment it is too early to do anything as we are still waiting for the police investigation and ministry report,“ he was quoted saying to reporters after visiting Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Merbok which was hit by the Lekima typhoon recently.

Police are still investigating the cause of the case.

Dr Maszlee Malik (pix) said the ministry would also conduct its own investigation before taking further measures including changing learning modules if necessary, according to Bernama.


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