Nurul Izzah to initiate Bill on prison reforms in next Dewan Rakyat meeting

Source: Malay Mail

Police lock up – file pic taken from The Star

KUALA LUMPUR, June 14 — Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar proposes to bring a private member’s Bill at the next meeting of the Dewan Rakyat in an effort to reform the country’s prison system.

The PKR vice-president said the bill was intended to transform prisons into rehabilitation centres, replacing what she described as the current system of torture and suffering.

“Of course, there will be some arguments and preparations to bring the Bill. But I think the reformation of the prison system will really make a lot of sense. Our prison system is now completely modelled after the British system.

“In fact, in Islam, you are supposed to make people realise their mistakes and make them be someone better, not torture them,” she told reporters after launching the book Tian Chua’s Kajang Diary: A Prison Retreat at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre here today. Read more