Call to support inmates’ reintegration programme

James Kon

Towards increasing the capability of the Prisons Department to achieve the objectives of its programmes, Acting Permanent Secretary (Safety, Welfare and Law) at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) Ajman bin Haji Meludin said, “The Prisons Department with MoHA has and will continue to further increase cooperation with relevant parties, especially non-government organisations (NGOs) in the effort of rehabilitation and integration of former inmates back to the community.

Alhamdulillah, there is an increase in the number of participants for 2019 compared to 2018. It is hoped that an increasing number of relevant and capable parties involved can become strategic partners of the Prisons Department for this year to support the rehabilitation programmes”.

The Prisons Department, he said “has carried out a number of progammes taken from best practices and success from Singapore, such as the Integration Run which is similar to the Yellow Ribbon Community project. This is an initiative that is carried out by leaders in the grassroots to give support and help to inmates, former inmates and their families.”

Twelve members of the Legislative Council led by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Putera Maharaja Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Ghani bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Dewa Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Rahim made a working visit to the Prisons Department under MoHA yesterday. The main aim of the working visit was to gain exposure on the function, role and administration of the Prisons Department as well as to understand the responsibility of a prisons officer who not only controls and detains inmates safely but also plays a role to rehabilitate and guide them through rehabilitation programmes. The rehabilitation programmes include spiritual and moral programmes, vocational training, skills and physical training.

In addition, the Prisons Department through its reintegration division also provides Aftercare Services voluntarily for former inmates as a support programme within the prison to adjust to the process of reintegration to the community with the help and cooperation of parties like government agencies, the private sector, volunteer bodies, NGOs, members of the consultative council and villages.

Ajman remarked, “This will provide them with opportunities to contribute back to their families. The performance of the programme is measured through the indication of reentry to prison.”

The Legislative Council members also watched a demonstration on whipping in accordance with Syariah law and visited Maraburong Prison Phase I and Phase II to look at the facilities like Surau Class religious training, library, vocational training workshop, kitchen, marching performance from inmates as well as prisons officer’s working areas.

Acting Permanent Secretary (Safety, Welfare and Law) at the Ministry of Home Affairs Ajman bin Haji Meludin delivering his speech with Acting Director of Prisons Department Haji Muhammad ‘Isamuddin bin Abdullah Juna. PHOTOS: PRISONS DEPARTMENT
Members of the Legislative Council during the visit