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Families can visit Pengkalan Chepa Prison inmates during Raya
KOTA BARU: In conjunction with the Aidilfitri celebration this year, 1,500 inmates of the Pengkalan Chepa Prison Department here will be allowed to meet their families for two days, beginning Tuesday.
The department's deputy superintendent, Malik Redzuan Omar, said the meeting, given specially to families of inmates annually, would be held from 8.15am to 4.15pm.
"During this Hari Raya, priority will be given to families of Muslim inmates while relatives of non-Muslim inmates are encouraged to visit after the dates," he told Bernama here today.
He said, according to Prisons Department regulations, the relaxation of condition to enable inmates to meet up with their families also involved those held at moral rehabilitation centres and Henry Gurney School.
He said families of inmates wishing to visit them were required to bring their prison visitor and identity cards to facilitate entry.
"According to conditions of the visit, families of inmates are not allowed to bring food and drinks from outside and are required to purchase food from the prison canteen.
"The move is to prevent families from smuggling prohibited items such as money, to prisoners," he said, adding the department's decision to allow visits did not involve prisoners on parole as they were allowed to be with their families under prison supervision.
Apart from that, the department is also carrying out various activities to bring inmates and their families closer, including the Family Link Programme.
"The programme is aimed at facilitating the acceptance of inmates with the families and community, upon completion of their prison terms," he said. -- BERNAMA