A new path: Hamid waving goodbye to the officers and staff members of the Sungai Udang prison following his early release as his daughter and grandson look on.
MALACCA: The first thing ex-prisoner Hamid plans to do after he is granted early release from the Sungai Udang Prison is to meet his youngest daughter, who is studying in Alor Gajah.
The 58-year-old, who was released 14 days early due to good behaviour, said he would celebrate with his family.
After spending 12 years in prison for a sex crime, Hamid said he is now a new man.
“I remember feeling surprised and grateful at the same time after I was told by a Malacca Prisons Department officer three days ago that I would be given a special early release.
“My feelings were beyond words and I thank Allah for everything,” he said when met after his release at the prisons complex here.
Hamid said he gained a lot of knowledge and experience during his prison days.
“I learned a lot about my religion and how to read the Quran with the help of several religious teachers here.
“I taught other prisoners about what I had learned besides becoming an imam at the prison.
“I am truly grateful for the rehabilitation that has totally changed me and the second chance given to me,” said the father of five from Johor.
Hamid noted that he also picked up the art of wood carving during his prison days and obtained a Malaysian Skills Certificate Level 1 in woodwork.
Asked on his plans for the future, Hamid said he is looking forward to reuniting and spending time with his children and grandchildren to make up for the time he had lost.
He later left the prison complex with his 28-year-old daughter and six-year-old grandson.
Malacca Prisons Department director Nor Afifi Sulong said this was the first early release at the prison since it opened four years ago.
“The consideration for early release is based on several criteria, such as good behaviour and no wrong-doing in prison throughout the sentence.
“We have eight others here who serve as role models to other prisoners,” he added.