Published: Sunday February 17, 2013 MYT 8:01:00 PM
Sales of prisoner’s products to increase to RM20mil
KUALA TERENGGANU: The sales of prisoners' products nationwide are expected to increase to RM20mil this year from RM17mil last year due to better quality produced, said Prisons Department director-general Datuk Seri Zulkifli Omar.
Products such as agricultural items, catfish, frozen food, hari raya kuih, woven fabric, songket and furniture are in high demand for they meet consumer tastes, he told reporters after the presentation of outstanding achievement awards to 183 personnel from the department's east zone here, on Sunday.
The awards were presented by Home Ministry deputy secretary-general (management) Hasanah Abdul Hamid.
Meanwhile, Zulkifli said 40 skill courses were being offered to prisoners through the National Dual Training System and the Skills Malaysia Certificates to help them secure jobs after they serve their time.
He said the number of repeat prisoners had reduced to 7.9 percent since the introduction of various programmes since 2008 such as the parole system, the compulsory attendance with community centre, and halfway house.
"Hence, the department will build five more halfway houses in Penang, Selangor, Pahang, Kelantan and Johor by year-end to prepare prisoners before they rejoin the society," he said. - Bernama