Sabah and Labuan Prisons director Suria Idris (second from left) presenting a memento to MMTC executive director Peter Chua at the musical instruments presentation in Kota Kinabalu yesterday. PIC BY MALAI ROSMAH TUAH

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Prisons Department and Malaysia Music Teachers Training College (MMTC) have collaborated to form an orchestra at the Kota Kinabalu central prison.

This is to unearth musicians among the prison inmates.

Sabah and Labuan Prisons director Suria Idris said the project was the first of its kind in Malaysia involving prisoners as members of an orchestra.

“The project, expected to span over three years, targets around 100 inmates to be involved in the prison orchestra.

“Twenty four inmates have been selected to participate in the first phase of the project this year,” Suria said at the MMTC musical instruments presentation at the Kota Kinabalu central prison, here, yesterday.

He said prisoners who were selected for the orchestra had undergone a transparent interview. Among others, the factors taken into account were the remaining period of their sentence, discipline and citizenship.

“This is because we’ll be taking the group to perform outside the prison.

“Engaging in music is also a process of rehabilitation. It helps in the social reintegration of prisoners prior to their release,” he said. - Bernama

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