'Prisoners did not eat from dipper'

Mr Masagos Zulkifli Masagos Mohamad (left), Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs, talking to a woman officer during his visit to a Halfway House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Mr Masagos was accompanied by Malaysia's Minister for Home Affairs, Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar (in front, second from right).

No prisoner was forced to eat from the same dipper that they used to bathe themselves with, said the Home Ministry.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said he had personally visited prisons and seen that such allegations were false.

"Each prisoner is given a dipper. During my visit, I saw that the dipper was only used for bathing and not for meals," he said in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.

Wan Junaidi said a separate container was given to prisoners to hold food like porridge.

The deputy minister was answering points raised by some MPs, who voiced out on the alleged mistreatment of prisoners during the debate for the Prison (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2014.

Wan Junaidi also denied allegations that prisoners used their hands to clean toilets.

"Mops and brooms are placed in the toilets. But for safety purposes, mops and brooms are not placed inside prison cells," he said.

Wan Junaidi also refuted claims that Malay language Bibles were being seized from prisoners, saying that the prisoners were encouraged to read material that could benefit them.

The Bill was passed after a voice vote by MPs.