Arun and Anitaaznor tending to the pineapples Photo Courtesy of The Prisons Department
By Sakini Mohd Said
The community rehabilitation programme, a collaborative effort between the Malaysian Prisons Department and Malaysian Armed Forces, has enabled non-hardcore prisoners to gain skills to help them integrate into society upon their release. This second of two articles looks at the positive impact created by the programme.
KUALA PILAH (Bernama) -- About six years ago, Arun Vythiligam was working abroad and was chief engineer at the firm he was attached to.
Today, he is working as a supervisor at a pineapple plantation in Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan, and earning about RM1,500 a month.
Some very wrong choices he had made in the past had changed the course of his life drastically but Arun, 40, is not ashamed to confess that he was once a convict.
He is now grateful for being given the chance to repent and make something of his life.
It was pure greed that compelled him to join a gang that committed a spate of robberies in Klang, Selangor. He had used his technical expertise to breach the security systems of business premises targeted by his gang and was paid RM100,000 for each night's work.....