Title: Woman jailed for attempting to kill mum
The writer states that a 3-year-old daughter, Tina Goh, was jailed for six months for criminal intimidation.
The former Singapore Airlines stewardess, who was heavily in debt and harassed by loan sharks, had heard voices in her depressed state telling her to kill herself and her mother Chen Tong Siew.
The unemployed woman grabbed Madam Chen's leg and tried to lift her over the railing along the fifth-floor common corridor at Village Hotel Changi last Oct 17. The pair had checked into the hotel for two days to get away from loan sharks.
Madam Chen struggled to break free and repeatedly shouted "jiu ming" - Mandarin for help.
Goh had grabbed one of her legs and tried to lift her over the railing, with the intent to cause death.
I feel that Tina Goh, who had tried to kill her mother, should not have Done it as it was unacceptable. Although Goh was in a depressed state due to her owing $300,000 to loan sharks, which led to her hearing the voices telling her to kill herself and her mother, I think she should have sought help for her phychiatric problem, or sought help from other relatives or friends for her financial problem. According to the article, Goh had an elder sister, so she could have sought help from her. If she had, perhaps she would not have become depressed and have suicidal thoughts. Many people who owe loan sharks debts or are harassed by them end up being depressed and even turning to suicide as a form as escape from their problems. We should be more aware of our psychological health, such as when we are being too stressed or depressed. In such cases, we should know what actions to take, for example seeking help from doctors or taking a break to relax. I also feel we should not borrow money from loan sharks. If we do, they might harass neighbours and our own houses if we do not pay up on time, or even send their men to attack us or our family members. They might also add interests to the original amount of money which in turn will make the victim more prone to depression. also in Singapore, borrowing money from loan sharks is illegal and should not be Done at all.