KUALA LUMPUR: No studies were carried out by the Prisons Department to house rats and mosquitoes with prisoners as a means to get them to repent.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said “The department has never carried out studies on whether placing rats and mosquitoes will help prisoners repent,” in a written reply to a question by Zuraida Kamaruddin (PKR-Ampang) in Parliament on Monday.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said there are laws and prison regulations on how prisoners are to be treated when serving jail sentences.
“As long as a prisoner is under rehabilitation while in prison, his personal freedom and surroundings are subjected to prison regulations, the United Nations Minimum Rules and related laws,” he added.
This, Dr Ahmad Zahid added, included confining prisoners in clean and appropriate cells, providing basic amenities, food and medical treatment.
To a separate question by Liew Chin Tong (DAP-Kluang), Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said that a total of 16 prisoners on death row were hanged since 2014.
“In 2014, six prisoners,who were sentenced to death, were hanged, one in 2015 and nine as of September 2016,” she said in a written reply.
To a question by Kasruriraani Patto (DAP-Batu Kawan), Azalina, also in a written reply, said that the Attorney-General Chambers is carrying out a study to determine if death and mandatory deaths sentences should be abolished in the country.