Bel311 Final Paper April 2010

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UNIVERSITI TEKNOLOGI MARA FINAL EXAMINATION

COURSE COURSE CODE EXAMINATION TIME

: ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES : BEL311 : APRIL 2010 : 3 HOURS

INSTRUCTIONS TO CANDIDATES 1. This question paper consists of two (2) parts : PART A : Section 1 (7 Questions) Section 2 (6 Questions) PART B : (1 Question) Answer ALL questions from all parts in the Answer Booklet. Do not bring any material into the examination room unless permission is given by the invigilator. You are allowed to bring in your English-English dictionary. Please check to make sure that this examination pack consists of: i) ii) the Question Paper an Answer Booklet - provided by the Faculty

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PART A: READING COMPREHENSION (20 MARKS) Read the following articles and answer all the questions in the answer booklet provided. SECTION 1: Article 1 Using the Law on Suicide I These days, an increasing number of people have resorted to ending their lives when faced with problems. This is a cause for concern and the police are considering enforcing the law on attempted suicide as a form of deterrence. The Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Ismail Omar, revealed that while Section 309 of the Penal Code states that anyone guilty of attempted suicide could face imprisonment of up to a year, or could be fined or both, the police have yet to enforce it. 5

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Unlike other illicit acts, attempted suicide as a crime needs to be dealt with delicately. According to Tan Sri Ismail Omar, the police are in the midst of investigating two recent cases of attempted suicide in Terengganu, one involving a woman with marital problems and the other, a teenager who threatened to jump off a nine-storey hotel. As suicide is not a normal crime, there is a need to look at this act from many angles. Such a consideration would involve examining the root causes of the problem and the reasons that prompted them to do it, and finding out if they have any mental disturbances. Dealing with people who want to kill themselves requires the involvement of many parties, including specialists and psychiatrists. Tan Sri Ismail Omar expressed concern about the increasing suicide attempts and felt a need to start pressing charges to deter people from doing so. The police have also been working closely with relevant agencies to rehabilitate those who have attempted suicide. 20 15 10

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According to The Director of Federal Territory Religious Department (JAWI), Datuk Che Mat Che Ali, the organisation offers counselling to Muslims who feel there are no other alternatives, but to end their lives. So far this year JAWI has intervened in at least five cases in which people who were burdened by family and financial problems, have contemplated suicide. It is a 25

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huge sin, where Islam is concerned, for one to take one's own life. Attempts are being made to rehabilitate these individuals so that they do not repeat this sinful act. Datuk Che Mat added that his door is open to Muslims at all times if they need to share their problems with someone. JAWI, however, is not empowered to take action against those who deliberately attempt to take their lives. 30

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Under the law, it is not a crime if a person is caught at the preparatory stage of suicide (for example, if someone is caught after writing a suicide note or in the midst of tying a noose to hang himself). However, if he is already hanging on a noose but the rope snaps and he is caught alive, it is considered an offence under Section 309. In addition, Section 306 of the Penal Code states that abetting a suicide carries a maximum jail term of 10 years and a fine. 35

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