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Prisons has sole discretion on visitation for prisoners

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi

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PUTRAJAYA — Jan. 11, 2018: Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi has clarified that visitation for a prisoner requires prior application, with approval subject to the discretion of the Prisons Department.
 
Hence there was no instruction from him for Prisons to stop former prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad from visiting jailed opposition politician Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who is undergoing treatment at the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital yesterday.

“‘I do not interfere in operational matters. It (the prohibition) was not a ministerial order. The authority rests with him (Sungai Buloh Prisons director),” said Zahid after the monthly assembly of the ministry here.

Anwar, 71, is serving a five-year jail term at Sungai Buloh Prison after the Federal Court upheld a Court of Appeal ruling that reversed his acquittal on a sodomy charge. He is due for early release on June 8 due to good behaviour.

Prisons Director-General Datuk Seri Zulkifli Omar said that the department and the prison had not received any official application from Mahathir. Every application for the purpose of a meeting will be considered based on the premise of urgency and importance. 

But he said special visits between prisoners and certain people were considered based on the Prisons Act, Prisons Regulations and a permanent order of the Commissioner-General of Prisons. — Bernama

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