An inmate busy at work at the chicken farm Photo Courtesy of the Prisons Department
By Sakini Mohd Said
It is an open secret that the society frowns upon ex prisoners though they have served their sentence and have undergone rehabilitation programmes conducted by the Malaysian Prison's Department.
Bernama's writer, Sakini Mohd Said recently had the opportunity to see for herself the efforts taken by the department to provide a new start for the convicts.
his is the first of the two series.
GEMAS (Bernama) -- It is 8 a.m. and time to clean up the chicken pen and feed the fowls. Prisons officer Sergeant Zulkifli Jusoh shouts out some orders and several men dressed in light green uniform immediately go about their tasks.
At one corner of the 1.6 hectare chicken farm, Rashid Ahmad (not his real name) is busy building a new coop to house a new batch of chicks that will arrive soon.
"Currently, we can accommodate only 2,500 chickens, so that's why we are building another coop, " he explained.
Rashid, 44, is among the 450 inmates of the Kem Syed Sirajuddin Community Rehabilitation Centre (CRC) in Gemas, Negeri Sembilan, a facility for non-hardcore prisoners who have good behavioural records.
Catfish bred by the inmates Photo courtesy of the prisons department
There are currently six CRCs nationwide, where a total of 1,650 inmates are learning various skills to enable them to integrate into society and start a business or get a job upon their release.....