|No emphasis on rehabilitation|
|Wednesday, 18 July 2012 08:58am|
©Malay Mail (Used by permission)
by Azril Annuar
THERE was no emphasis to rehabilitate the Emergency Ordinance detainees who were released after the Act was repealed.
Former inspector-general of police Tun Mohammed Hanif Omar admitted that this was one of the weaknesses in the system.
“We did not emphasise the rehabilitation side. There’s no training provided for them in jail for them to earn an honest living when they come out,” he told reporters after chairing the Bersih 3.0 independent probe panel meeting here.
“We need something like Monfort Boys Town where we can teach them to open a bakery, repair cars or televisions, and give them seed money when they come out.”
However, Hanif said Bukit Aman’s CID commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Mohd Zinin believed that the situation was under control and was trying to assist the convicts by landing them jobs.
Public fears have been escalating following violent crimes against women in particular. The belief is that the sudden perceived increase in crime was the results of the nationwide release of 1,473 convicts under the EO, Restricted Residence Act 1933 and Banishment (Repeal) Bill 2011 recently.
“We do have organisations to rehabilitate released prisoners such as the halfway house off Jalan Duta where they try to give these people a leg up in society. We need more of this,” said Hanif.
He said two problems the nation was facing were: how to tackle the detainees and how to prevent others from following their footsteps.
“There are also school dropouts and impoverished families who cannot afford to school their kids. The government must consider all these and give them a chance to find a place in life, more vocational-type training maybe,” he said.
“A proper study needs to be done. The Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation needs to spend more time on this.”
Asked if he thought the government rushed its decision to repeal the Act, Hanif said: “I don’t know. I’ve been out of the government for 18 years.”
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