As many as 160 Maldivians are thought to be held in detention camps after the fall of IS in March.
Yusri Sahrin used to roam the streets looking for his next fix until he found Pengasih Malaysia, a drug rehabilitation centre run by former addicts, which helped him reintegrate into society and contribute.
They say the long prison term imposed on such offenders is similar to a natural life sentence, and that the convicts should not be left to languish in jail.
The multi-millionaire has long battled substance abuse issues and was convicted in June of trafficking methamphetamine in the tiny island country.
Many PAS clerics still have a warped mentality of the feudal age where harsh punishment was the only means to deter people from committing personal sins.
Imprisoned for illegally possessing a gun, Alfred who is due to be released in November, can't hide the joy he gets from spending time with the animals.
The deputy prime minister attributes this to the country's approach to rehabilitating prisoners.
Home minister says rehabilitation programmes are more effective than placing offenders behind bars.
G25 spokesperson Noor Farida Ariffin says Zamihan Mat Zin's usefulness in deradicalisation programmes does not give him licence to disparage others.
Voice of Children executive director Sharmila Sekaran says culprits should be given rehabilitative treatment by experts while in prison and after they have served time.
Former drug users are driving the programmes at Ikhlas Community Welfare Association of Malaysia to help drug users kick the habit gradually.
Deputy Prime Minister says rate of ex-convicts who continue to commit crimes even after rehabilitation in 2016 was at only 8.59%.
Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi addresses United Nations General Assembly calling for terrorism to be tackled from ideological perspective.
Surendran says the Deputy Home Minister's remarks were cruel and irresponsible, and display a lack of sympathy and humanity.