52 inmates joined training, skills programmes last year

(From fourth left) Miri Prisons director Mohd Yunos Mohd Salleh and Ajidin join the exhibition launching.

MIRI: A total of 52 prison inmates throughout Sarawak took part in training and skills certification programmes last year.

Sarawak Prisons Department director Ajidin Salleh said the department had always stressed on the importance of rehabilitation and self-redevelopment.

“The Malaysia Prisons Department implemented training at intermediate level based on four main fields, namely services and tourism, agriculture and plantation, development and construction, as well as transportation, to fulfil the need for skilled manpower in line with the role of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVet),” he said in launching the three-day ‘Sarawak Prisons Infokraf 2019’ at Imperial Mall here on Friday.

“We want those coming out of prisons to be those who have fully recovered and are trained, as well as are no longer a burden to society and the country.”

He said the department hoped to collaborate with government agencies, the private sector, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to ensure that this vision would be achieved.

Among the programmes under the government transformation initiative is the Corporate Smart Internship (CSI).

“Programmes organised by the Malaysia Prisons Department through collaborations with statutory bodies, private companies, and NGOs at selected locations have shown positive development, where 97 ODP (parolees) from the Sarawak State Prisons have undertaken CSI last year, through partnership with several GLCs (government-linked companies) and private companies. Among them are Sime Darby Plantation in Sarawak and Felcra Berhad Wilayah Timur, Lypometal Sdn Bhd, Felda, as well as Poultry & Meat Sdn Bhd in Peninsular Malaysia.

“Therefore, I would like to urge employers out there to take on this responsibility to help former inmates by offering them job opportunities,” Ajidin said.

The Sarawak Prisons Infokraf exhibition, which ends today, features crafts and furniture made by the inmates.

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