ZAHID: STRENGTHEN RE­HA­BIL­I­TA­TION MOD­ULES

Malaysia main­tains low rate of re­peat of­fend­ers, says DPM

New Straits Times - - News -

AH­MAD FAIRUZ OTH­MAN KLUANG news@nst.com.my

THE rate of pris­on­ers be­com­ing re­peat of­fend­ers af­ter be­ing re­leased re­mains below nine per­cent, a rate much lower com­pared with some de­vel­oped coun­tries.

The re­cidi­vism rate stood at 8.59 per cent last year and Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi said the Pris­ons Depart­ment should strive to re­duce it fur­ther.

Zahid, who is also home min­is­ter, said this was pos­si­ble through the strength­en­ing of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion mod­ules.

“The in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity ac­knowl­edges Malaysia’s achieve­ment in re­tain­ing a low re­cidi­vism rate,” he said when launch­ing the Pris­ons Day and Na­tional Anti-Drug Day 2017 cel­e­bra­tions at the Sim­pang Renggam Prison here yes­ter­day.

Zahid said cor­rec­tional ef­forts should con­tinue to help ex-pris­on­ers find their way back into so­ci­ety.

He said the es­tab­lish­ment of the Malaysian Cor­rec­tional Foun­da­tion could help pris­on­ers find jobs af­ter their re­lease.

Up to 27,000 former con­victs com­pleted the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme out­side the prison through the pa­role sys­tem, Com­pul­sory At­ten­dance Or­der, Com­mu­nity Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre and tran­sit homes.

Zahid also shared the suc­cess of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­grammes for ju­ve­nile delin­quents and the aca­demic achieve­ments of stu­dents at Henry Gur­ney Schools (SHG) and In­tegrity Schools (SI).

“There were 68 stu­dents, who ob­tained at least one A, and an­other three stu­dents ob­tained seven As in last year’s Si­jil Pe­la­jaran Malaysia (SPM).

“In last year’s SPM, 10 schools ob­tained 100 per cent passes in Ba­hasa Me­layu and His­tory. This was an im­prove­ment as there were only five schools in the pris­ons sys­tem with 100 per cent passes in the same two sub­jects in 2015.”

Zahid said there was a cor­re­la­tion be­tween drug abusers and crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties as 48 per cent of pris­on­ers were peo­ple in­volved in drug-re­lated cases.

He said re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of drug abusers was not only about adopt­ing med­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal ap­proaches, but also the strength­en­ing of their spir­i­tual val­ues.

“I would like to con­grat­u­late the Na­tional Anti-Drug Agency (Nada) for con­duct­ing re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­grammes based on a psy­cho-spir­i­tual ap­proach un­der the Is­lamic spir­i­tual re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme. This is based on the In­abah Model at the Cure and Care Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre in Raub, Pa­hang.”

Present at the event were Jo­hor Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Khaled Nordin, Deputy Home Min­is­ter Datuk Nur Ja­zlan Mo­hamed, Pris­ons Depart­ment direc­tor-gen­eral Datuk Seri Zulk­i­fli Omar and Nada direc­tor-gen­eral Datuk Dr Ab­dul Halim Mohd Hussin.

PIC BY HAIRUL ANUAR RAHIM

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi at the Sim­pang Renggam Prison in Kluang yes­ter­day. With him are Deputy Home Min­is­ter Datuk Nur Ja­zlan Mo­hamed (sec­ond from right), Jo­hor Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Khaled Nordin (third from right), Nada direc­tor-gen­eral Datuk Dr Ab­dul Halim Mohd Hussin (left) and Pris­ons Depart­ment direc­tor-gen­eral Datuk Seri Zulk­i­fli Omar (sec­ond from left).

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