PUTRAJAYA: The Kamunting Protective Detention Centre in Taiping will remain as a detention centre with an agricultural concept, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
He said the agricultural concept was in line with the Prison Department’s initiative to be a self-sufficient organisation.
“The prisoners to be placed here are those selected from various prisons who have been categorised as non-risky and serving short sentences.
“They will produce foods such as vegetables and fish for the consumption of the inmates,” he said.
Dr Ahmad Zahid was speaking to newsmen after welcoming the ministry’s new secretary-general Datuk Mohamad Khalid Shariff.
Mohamad Khalid was previously the Defence Ministry deputy secretary-general.
The centre, built on a 93.3ha site, has been used for those detained under the now-repealed Internal Security Act (ISA), which was replaced by the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) on July 31, 2012.
The last six ISA detainees at the centre were released on Sunday.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said as a detention centre, it would house detainees under the Sosma, Dangerous Drugs (Special Preventive Measures) Act and Crime Prevention Act.
“We will use the existing assets (to place detainees) without building new ones,” he said.
Based on the registration records, a total of 2,770 people have detained at the centre which was officially opened in November 1973.
Detainees there were held for various offences that could threaten national security, including 1,702 communists, document falsification (433), terrorism (193), human trafficking (159), producing fake coins (66), religious and racial issues (40), subversiveness (38), intelligence (16), reformation activists (seven) and supply of nuclear components (one).