MELAKA: A partnership between the Federal Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (Felcra) and the Malaysia Prisons Department under a corporate smart internship (CSI) programme has given a second chance to more than 900 former inmates.
The CSI programme allows these former inmates to earn a honest living and reintegrate into society.
In a statement yesterday, Felcra Bhd said to date, these inmates have received training in the plantation sector at its 38 farms nationwide since the programme was implemented in November 2016.
It said the programme involved parolees (ODP) and prisoners under supervision (ODS) who worked on the plantations for a period of three to 12 months, and received a monthly allowance based on the minimum wage in Malaysia.
They would also be offered a job after the training period ends.
“This CSI programme is expected to address the shortage of up to 4,000 workers, as we are in dire need of local workers for our 250,000ha of oil palm and rubber plantations throughout Malaysia.
“This will indirectly reduce our dependency on foreign workers, where about 85% of the plantation workers are foreign citizens, ” the statement said.
Felcra and the Prisons Department signed a new memorandum of understanding for the CSI programme at the Home Ministry Complex in Ayer Keroh here last Sunday.