Variety needed in rehabilitation programmes
THE Minister of Home Affairs yesterday called for the Prisons Department to provide more variants to its current rehabilitation programme to improve the marketability of inmates.
Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awg Abu Bakar Hj Apong said this after noting the success of the department’s initiatives in equipping inmates with the skills necessary for them to rebuild their lives once they finished serving their sentences.
He was speaking on the sidelines of the Prisons Department’s 62nd anniversary parade at the Maraburong Prison yesterday.
YB Pehin Dato (Dr) Hj Awg Abu Bakar said that the department needs to review and update rehabilitation methods, which may include the revision of law and use the latest equipment to conduct their activities.
He also said the department would need to revise its skill-training programmes to equip inmates with expertise in fields that are relevant to the current needs of the society.
Speaking to reporters, the minister applauded the current rehabilitation programmes which trains inmates to produce products and provide services that can help them provide for themselves following their sentences.
“And this is not only for handicrafts, but also in sewing, cooking and farming. InsyaAllah there will be an exhibition by the Prisons Department on their products sometime next month,” he said.
“The exhibits will include the products made by the inmates (through the programmes conducted in prisons),” he added.
YB Pehin Dato (Dr) Hj Awg Abu Bakar also lauded the ‘aftercare’ programmes carried out in cooperation with non-government organisations (NGOs) such as the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah and Sumbangsih Mulia.
The aftercare programme keeps an eye on former inmates to see if they require further support and help in integrating themselves into society, said the minister.
They also help the former inmates find jobs while providing housing assistance, counseling and advice.
“What is most important is that, we as a community should support and accept them as members of the society who are looking to build new lives with the programmes they have undertaken in prisons,” the minister added.
The Brunei Times