MELAKA – The rate of repeated crimes among released convicts in the country at 7.6 per cent, is the lowest in the ASEAN region, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
He said the low rate of repeated crimes was the outcome of the country’s approach that prison was not not just a place where convicts served their sentences but also due to rehabilitation efforts being carried out for the prisoners.
“Prisons are not for punishment, but rather for rehabilitation of prisoners, The method is to include elements that when they (prisoners) are released from prison, repeated crimes do not occur.
“So that they can be rehabilitated. When they are out of prison, they can be accepted by their family. Many convicts (after released from prison) become songket and batik entrepreneurs and selling bread,” he said here today.
He said this when officiating the Melaka Volunteer Patrol Scheme and meeting with the Rukun Tetangga Zone members at the Melaka Police Contingent headquarters here today. Also present were Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron and Melaka Police chief Datuk Abdul Jalil Hassan. -BERNAMA