NURUL IZZAH TO TABLE PRISON REFORM BILL
‘Malaysia’s prisons, lock-up facilities 60 years behind other countries’
APRIVATE member’s bill on the institutional reform for prisons will be tabled at the upcoming parliamentary session. Permatang Pauh lawmaker Nurul Izzah Anwar said the country’s prisons and lockup facilities were six decades behind other countries.
Nurul Izzah, who is PKR vice-president, said she could collect information on the matter before tabling the private member’s bill.
“At the same time, I will also propose suggestions to the Institutional Reforms Committee (IRC) on the prisons and lockup facilities,” she said after launching her fellow party vice-president Tian Chua’s book, Tian Chua’s Kajang Diary: A Prison Retreat, yesterday.
Nurul Izzah said the previous government had mentioned its intention to improve the facilities.
“The same proposal (to reform prisons and lock-up institutions) was expressed by Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.”
Tian Chua said the call to reform the institution had long been made, including to the Royal Commission on Enhancing Operations and Management of the Police.
“Unfortunately, the proposal has yet to be implemented.
“We hope for the royal commission to look into it and for it to be included in the bill.”
Permatang Pauh lawmaker Nurul Izzah Anwar with PKR vice-president Tian Chua at the launch of the latter’s book, ‘Tian Chua’s Kajang Diary: A Prison Retreat’, in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.