NU­RUL IZ­ZAH TO TA­BLE PRISON RE­FORM BILL

‘Malaysia’s pris­ons, lock-up fa­cil­i­ties 60 years be­hind other coun­tries’

New Straits Times - - NEWS / NATION - ROHANIZA IDRIS AND SYED UMAR ARIFF KUALA LUMPUR cnews@nstp.com.my

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.

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