Remorseful Henry Gurney Inmates Wish To Celebrate Mother’s Day

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MELAKA: “I would love to meet and hug my mother and wish her happy mother’s day,” said a female inmate of Henry Gurney School in Teluk Mas here, who wanted to be known only as Ela, 20.

Born in Raub, Pahang, Ela said she also wanted to apologise and express regret over her action that had led her to serve a one year sentence in the rehabilitation centre, beginning March 23 this year.

“I really miss my family members in the village, especially my mother, …I have never had the opportunity to meet
or speak to her since I came here.

“I really hope that my mother can forgive me for disappointing her and wish that I will have an opportunity to repay my parents,” said the daughter to a Felda settler and shop assistant who was convicted for possession of methamphetamine.

Ela was speaking to reporters at a Touch of Love programme in conjunction with the Mother’s Day celebration which was officiated by Deputy Home Minister’s wife Datin Seri Feona Sim Abdullah, here yesterday.

The sixth child of seven siblings also pledged to change and continue her studies to the university level in order to repay her parents who are their 50s.

Recalling her life before being sent to the institution, Ela said she started taking drugs in the middle of last year before selling it on a small scale.

“Because of (the drug) it, I had a lot of money back then. I was very happy and forgot my parents for the sacrifices they made to raise me,” she said adding that she was arrested at her friend’s house in Kajang on Sept 23, last year.

Along, 20, from Kajang also expressed his regret over the armed robbery he had committed which had hurt his mother’s feeling.

“In conjunction with Mother’s Day tomorrow, I would once again like to apologise to my mother and father for letting them down. I promise to make amends and become a good son,” said the eldest of five siblings.

Along who is serving a three-year sentence in the institution from March 13, 2013 said he was now preparing for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) in November.

The son of a trader and a housewife, in their 40s, said he was grateful that his parents were able to accept him and gave him the opportunity to change.

“At first I felt like dying when police detained me together with a friend when we were involved in a robbery at a hotel but life here has opened a new chapter,” said Along who has committed similar crimes three times.

Meanwhile, Feona said parents should adopt a rational attitude and avoid favouritism to prevent children from feeling left out or being ignored.

“Children are the most precious treasure. Therefore parents need to give the same love and attention to every child because every one of them has different abilities,” he said. – Bernama