PETALING JAYA: Projects for the RM20 million allocation to the Prisons Department for human development pogrammes in Budget 2021 will include the Royal Pahang Weaving Complex.
Prisons Department director-general Zulkifli Omar said a site in the state would be identified to build the complex, where weaving classes would be held for prison inmates with the cooperation of Universiti Teknologi Mara to improve their vocational skills.
This is part of the efforts to set up a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institution that is recognised under the home ministry and to produce prisoners with vocational skills, he told Bernama.
Zulkifli said besides using the fund to improve the Royal Pahang Weaving workshops in other prisons, it would also be spent on improving infrastructure facilities and repair workshops and machines to improve the vocational skills of prison inmates so that they can find jobs after their release.
Zulkifli expressed his appreciation and gratitude to Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah for accepting the appointment as the royal patron of the “My Pride” craft and textile products produced by the department.