PETALING JAYA: The federal government has been requested to elucidate the position of the brand new neighborhood communications division (J-Kom) in dealing with psychological well being points in the course of the Covid-19 disaster.
Batu Kawan MP Kasthuri Patto stated the division, which changed the particular affairs division (JASA), was allotted RM40 million to disseminate data.
“Shouldn’t J-Kom be creating consciousness on psychological well being points, and counselling by numerous mediums?
“I’ve not seen any. All I’ve seen within the media are the numbers of Befrienders on the finish of the assertion after an incident,” she advised FMT.
She was commenting on the newest incident during which a lady fell to her demise from the fourth flooring of 1Utama Procuring Centre in Bandar Utama right here on Wednesday. Police have dominated out any foul play.
Communications and multimedia minister Saiduddin Abdullah had beforehand stated that J-Kom wouldn’t be used as a political propaganda device however to disseminate data throughout Covid-19.
Kasthuri stated extra folks at the moment are dealing with emotional and psychological well being points and could also be significantly dealing with such challenges after the third MCO since Might 12.
The primary MCO was in March final yr and the second in January this yr.
The DAP MP additionally stated Putrajaya should not deal with suicide as a criminal offense.
“Any one that makes an attempt suicide and survives is all the time referred to the police. Shouldn’t they be despatched to the hospital first for remedy and care?
“They want a verify on their medical well being and their mind-set,” she stated, including that suicide makes an attempt have been a cry for assist and never a criminal offense.
Kasthuri additionally requested the newest statistics of people that have dedicated and tried suicide since final yr.
“Is there an absence of consideration as mirrored within the quantity allotted within the 2021 federal price range?” she requested, including that there was a discount from RM344 million to RM313 million for psychiatric psychological well being points.
She requested about contingency plans to position suicide as an essential agenda and whether or not it might be addressed on the subsequent Cupboard assembly.
Psychiatrists have advised FMT that psychological well being points are anticipated to rise in the course of the Covid-19 disaster as folks fear about bankruptcies, job loss and pay cuts, amongst others.