Friday March 23, 2012
Give prisoners handicraft training, says Sultan
KUALA LUMPUR: Inmates in prison and detention centres should be given the opportunity to acquire skills to create handicraft, said the Sultan of Selangor.
In his speech at the launch of the National Craft Day here yesterday, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah said the inmates could undergo intensive training in making handicraft during their detention.
He said he wished for Kraftangan Malaysia to encourage the inmates to acquire handicraft skills and knowledge.
“It will also give them the opportunity to become skilled in a craft and contribute to society and the nation upon their release,” he said.
Sultan Sharafuddin also urged Kraftangan Malaysia to work with craft entrepreneurs in enhancing and strengthening the industry so that it could give the country better returns.
Later, Information, Communica- tions and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said this year's National Craft Day, which ends on April 2, had seen a massive increase in sales with the sum expected to reach over RM30mil.
During the event, 10 people were conferred the Distinguished Craftsmen awards by the Sultan.