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Wednesday December 11, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday December 11, 2013 MYT 7:27:57 AM
by stephanie lee
First time: A teenage convict taking his two-month old son into his arms for the first time, while his wife hands the child over.
KOTA KINABALU: A teenage prisoner broke into tears when he met his two-month old son for the first time.
The 18-year-old who was jailed for armed robbery took the baby boy from his 19-year-old wife, Tina, and held the child to his chest as he whispered into his ears. His wife came with the child to the Kepayan state prison for a family visit in conjunction with the coming Christmas celebration.
Silent tears accompanied the family before they finally spoke to each other, catching up with what had been happening on each other’s life since the teenager was thrown into the prison five months ago in July.
Tina, who just finished her two-month confinement after birth said she does not want to remember the past, and just wanted to move on happily.
“The past is history, I am looking forward to raising my child while waiting for my husband to finish his term in jail. Until then, I hope he becomes a better person after this,” she said.
She also said she would miss her husband for Christmas as this was supposed to be their first year as a family celebrating the festival.
The teenager (name withheld) who worked as a wiring man was sentenced to 11-year imprisonment and said he regretted what happened, and was hoping that his son would not be angry with him when he grows up.
“I have 11 years to serve for the crime I committed and by that time, my son would be 11 years old and I just hope he will not be ashamed of me,” he said.
Meanwhile, a 54-year-old prisoner who had been imprisoned since 2010 for statutory rape said he was sad that none of his relatives came to visit him, but understood that they were busy with work.
“It’s alright, my wife and my 20-year-old adopted daughter are back in Kota Marudu and I know it is not easy for them to make a trip here for a one-hour visit today,” he said.
The prisoner who was known as ‘Lim’ in the prison hopes they would forgive his mistakes and have a Merry Christmas this year.
“I hope they have a great Christmas, although mine would be in here with other prisoners,” he said.
On another note, he also wants to search for the teenager whom he raped, and the child she gave birth to as a result of his actions.
“I want to make peace with people whom I’ve hurt, and to take care of the child who was born although the family of the teenager do not want anything to do with me anymore,” he said. A total of 37 prisoners were allowed to meet their family members during the two-hour event recently.
The inmates were entertained by Christmas carols sung by fellow prisoners such as Silent Night, while a brief prayer by the Prison Fellowship Sabah chairman, Moy Kok Wah was also held at the beginning of the programme.
Sabah Prison deputy director Bismillah Abg Masra in his opening speech said such programmes were held to keep inmates connected to their families and the community.
“We want the community to accept them once they are released from prison,” he said.
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