No plans to infest prisons with rats, mosquitoes


KUALA LUMPUR: The Home Ministry has denied carrying out any research to ascertain if infesting prisons with mosquitoes and rats could help in the rehabilitation of prisoners.

The ministry said imprisonment was to ensure the offender learned from their mistakes through various programmes.

“The inmates need to be given fair treatment, a clean cell, healthy food and the right to meet and exercise.

“While in prison, the movement of the inmate is based on prison rules and regulations in accordance with the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules,” said the ministry in a written reply in the Dewan Rakyat.

Zuraida Kamaruddin (PKR-Ampang) had asked the Home Ministry if there were any studies carried out to place rats and mosquitoes in prisons to rehabilitate prisoners.

In September, retired Court of Appeals judge Mohd Noor Abdullah had said some people committed crimes simply because they wanted to enjoy the “benefits” available in prisons.

He had said prisoners did not repent and going to prison meant free food and sound sleep.

He said prison cells should be made uncomfortable by placing mosquitoes, rats and cockroaches that could cause discomfort to prisoners so that they would detest prison.