Advise prisoners to repent and not re-offend, visiting families told

Mohd Yunos and Muhammad Khalid (fifth and sixth left respectively) in a photo call with other prison officers during the gathering.

MIRI: Family members visiting their relatives in prisons are urged to encourage the inmates to change for the better and not repeat past offences.

Miri Central Prison director Mohd Yunos Salleh said the support of family members and the local community is vital for the future wellbeing of former prisoners; that they must repent and not re-offend.

Speaking during the annual Miri Central Prison Christmas ‘Jalinan Kasih’ Programme at the prison here yesterday, Mohd Yunos said during each festive occasion, selected prisoners could meet their families face-to-face unlike the usual meet where there is a glass wall separating them.

“The visiting families will hopefully advise the prisoners not to repeat the offence when they are released later.

“The role of the family is very important, thus the ‘Jalinan Kasih’ programme will hopefully help the prisoners to acknowledge that their families are always with them,” he said.

Mohd Yunos added that being in prison did not mean the prisoners could not celebrate the festive occasion together with their families.

The programme gives prisoners the opportunity to meet their families and strengthen the love between them.

Meanwhile, 10 selected prisoners jailed for various offences had the opportunity to meet their families and enjoy the food provided, while being entertained with singing performances by the prisoners.

Miri Central Prison deputy director Muhammad Khalid was also present.