KUCHING: Ex-prisoners and ex-juvenile inmates should be given a second chance in life after serving their sentences.
It is because of this that the Ministry of Youth and Sports organised the Yellow Ribbon Programme, aimed at building the confidence of such participants through group activities.
“It is implemented through a platform of skills, sports and entrepreneurship so that they can return to society with a better life,” Sarawak Youth and Sports Department deputy director Ronnie Boniface Nugi said after the launch of the state-level Yellow Ribbon Programme: Youth Prosperity Initiative here today.
Boniface was representing Deputy Minister for Youth, Sport and Entrepreneur Development, Datuk Gerald Rentap Jabu.
He said the programme carried out at the Henry Gurney School in Puncak Borneo covered two clusters, namely the silat sport cluster involving 10 residents under the guidance of Sergeant Mohammad Shukri Boing.
“The hair cutting cluster also involves 10 residents guided by instructors from Kuching Community College.”
The event was also enlivened with a performance by The Humble Band, which consists of residents talented in music, and ended with a photo session with the guests and a lunch.
Also present were Sarawak Prisons deputy director Fathi Mursidi, Kuching Community College director Suharyati Sulaiman, Sarawak United National Youth Organisation (Saberkas) executive secretary Iszuan Haironi, Puncak Borneo Prison deputy director Bolkiah Srah and other officials.