KUALA LUMPUR, July 8 (Bernama) - Some 9,757 foreigners are serving sentences
in Malaysian prisons up to the first six months of this year.
Home Affairs Ministry secretary-general Datuk Abdul Rahim Mohd Radzi said
they form about 27 percent of the 36,728 prison inmates nationwide.
"This figure is not alarming but I must admit that the more foreign
prisoners than local prisoners in Sabah.
"Of the total 1,300 prisoners in Sabah, some 1,020 are foreigners," he told
reporters after closing the 1KDN Family Carnival at Kajang Prison Complex near
Rahim said to alleviate overcrowding in prisons, inmates would be relocated
to other prisons to ensure that the number of prisoners was balanced.
"As for foreign prisoners, we don''t want the issue of overcrowding in
prisons become a burden to the country and ministry," he added.
Some 3,600 of 4,100 prisoners under the parole system had completed their
parole period and were released.
"Less than one percent of prisoners under the parole system were re-arrested
by security forces for violating the terms including repeating criminal
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