This move of making the prisoners work could decrease the need for foreign workers.
How could the government be spending millions if not billions a year for free to give food to the prisoners? They should work for it to get their food and minimum pay.
Prisons in Malaysia are seriously overcrowded. As at 2004, the Malaysian Prisons Department Statistics show that there are a total of 42,183 prisoners in Malaysian prisons, with more than 10,000 prisoner accommodated well beyond the handling capabilities of the prison system.
Just calculate how much is spent by the government if per day they had to spend RM30(3 meals a day) on each prisoner's meal per day. 42, 183 X RM30 X 365 days = RM461,903,850.
RM461,903,850 for the year 2004. Now it's already 2010 and surely that cost is higher due to the inflation.
We should make the prisoners work so that they could give back to the country even though they are rotting in prison. They are rotting there for indulging in crime. Therefore, they should be made to work to earn money for the free food given to them.
The government should not be their keeper, giving them free food and wasting the tax payer's money to feed the criminals. They should be made to work for it. Better still, if they work in the construction industry so that the foreign workers used in that industry could be decreased drastically.
Most of those caught doing illegal activities are used to be doing work illegally and they got easy money by blackmailing others, by being gangster members, indulging in illegal betting, etc.
Make those suckers work hard for the free meal that they had received in prison so far. It is so unfair to let them be fat there without doing any work to benefit the society.
Most of us are working hard to earn a day's living, we pay taxes and those taxes are being used to pay for the free meals of the criminals. This should not be the way. The prisoners should work hard for their meals too.