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KUALA LUMPUR, May 14 — A 16-year-old teenager was found dead, believed to have fallen from the third floor of a shop lot in Kuching after she conducted an online poll to decide if she should kill herself or not.
According to online news portal Astro Awani, Padawan district police chief Supt Aidil Bolhassan said the teenager had conducted the voting via Instagram.
“As many as 69 per cent of the teenager’s Instagram friends had supported the decision for her to kill herself via a voting poll which was uploaded at around 3pm yesterday,” Aidil said.
The teen had reportedly posted the headline “‘Really Important, Help Me Choose D/L” on the voting poll.
“D” reportedly meant “die” while “L” stands for “live”.
The teen had also uploaded a Facebook status that read: ‘WANNA QUIT F**KING LIFE I’M TIRED.’
“The teenager was believed to have felt stressed when her stepfather married a Vietnamese woman and seldom returned to their home,” Aidil was quoted as saying.
Her body was found at about 8pm by a member of the public who then reported the discovery to the Batu Kawa Police Station.
Aidil said the body was brought to the Sarawak General Hospital Forensic Department for a post-mortem, which was scheduled to take place this evening.
No criminal elements were detected at the scene and the case has been classified as sudden death, he added.
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