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Ministry of Human Resources proposes to classify prison files to allow ex-prisoners to find employment | Malaysia

The view of the entrance to Penang prison along Jalan Penjara. – Photo by Sayuti Zainudin

KUALA LUMPUR, November 17 – The Ministry of Human Resources (MOHR) has proposed that prison records remain confidential and restrict their access to third parties, especially for employment purposes.

His Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan said it was because ex-inmates who applied for jobs struggled to find jobs after background checks by employers revealed they had criminal records .

I suggest that the data (on admission to prison) be kept at the level of Home Office (KDN), Royal Malaysian Customs Department, Royal Malaysian Police, but in terms of third party access, it is not necessary if an ex-convict is applying for a job.

“Maybe this data, for KDN, is intended for security purposes, but I think there may be a solution … I will discuss this matter with the Minister, Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin”, a- he said at a press conference after the launch of the second Chances and Opportunities for People to Excel (SCOPE) here today.

Saravanan said employers should provide employment opportunities for ex-prisoners who had amended themselves, so that they could build a new and better life and integrate into the community.

At the same time, commenting on the SCOPE program implemented by the Human Resource Development Corporation (HRD Corp) in collaboration with the Department of Prisons Malaysia, Saravanan said it aims to help ex-prisoners undergo industrial training. and investment opportunities.

He said that in the first phase or pilot project this year, the ministry aims to create 1,000 ex-inmate jobs with salaries between RM 1,200 and 2,500, with the participation of 20 employers from various sectors.

“For the second phase next year, the target is 5,000 people, and the third phase which should be implemented in 2023, it will be 15,000 people,” he said. – Bernama