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In pursuit of happiness for PPR residents

PETALING JAYA: Eradicating poverty and improving economic conditions can help curb issues such as suicide at people’s housing projects (PPR), say social activists.

Suriana Welfare Society chairman Dr James Nayagam said this includes government measures to provide educational support alongside ensuring communities there generate a reasonable income, leading to happier homes.

“Suicidal thoughts and mental health issues (in PPR communities) are resulting components from issues such as poverty, poor living conditions and stress.

“Some form of thought or influence may be needed to reach this point, which leads to individuals feeling useless and hopeless,” he said.

James added that his organisation also did community work with such PPRs, giving them ownership over such projects.

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