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LAST_UPDATESat, 27 May 2017 9pm

Prison Inmates Got A Rare Chance To Be Reunited With Their Families For Kaamatan Festival

One of the family members crying while seeing a prison inmate in Kota Kinabalu Central Prison. Photo: KosmoOne of the family members crying while seeing a prison inmate in Kota Kinabalu Central Prison. Photo: KosmoKOTA KINABALU – 20 prison inmates at the Kota Kinabalu Central Prison were reunited with their families in conjunction with Mother’s Day and Kaamatan celebrations.

Deputy Prison Director, Kalbin Mohd Said said a few chosen inmates were given the chance to meet their families, which was much better than just calling them through phones.

The inmates were chosen based on a main criteria that includes behaviour, discipline and those who have never met their families in a programme like this.

“We can see how touched they were when reunited with their families. Some of them felt incredibly remorseful over the crimes they have committed.

“There were families who had many difficulties to come here, such as living too deep in the forest, insufficient funds or health problems, but they were willing to sacrifice everything just to see their sons, brothers and husbands who are locked inside the prison,” said Kalbin.

Also present was the Chief of Prison Recovery and Treatment Section, Jomison Gondikit.

The prison holds 2,230 inmates with varying sentences, but only 20 of them, aged between 21 to 60, were lucky enough to see their families while serving their time in the prison.

-- Malaysian Digest