The Prison’s Department plans to introduce home detentions and suspended sentences with intervention to ease prison overcrowding. Home Minister Saifuddin Nasution revealed that approximately 16,000 Malaysian prisoners would be eligible for these alternative punishments. Saifuddin also said the ministry’s proposed amendments to the law will offer treatment for drug addicts rather than punishment.
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“Drug offenders will receive treatment after being certified by medical officers. Once certified we will take them straight to the rehab centres. “God-willing, in this Parliament session or at the end of this Parliament session, we plan to submit amendments to the proposed new law — Drug and Substance Abuse (Treatment and Rehabilitation) Act — especially Section 15 (1) (of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952),” he said.