Penang prisons facing shortage of face masks

GEORGE TOWN – Non-government organisations (NGOs) are highly encouraged to donate face masks to the Penang prisons, as the supply for inmates is running low.

Penang Prisons director Roslan Mohamed said that the two prisons in Penang, namely the Penang Remand Prison and Seberang Perai Prison would require at least 4,500 face masks daily.


He said the issue had already been highlighted to the Ministry of Health and the Malaysian National Security Council and the department was waiting for the supply.

“At the same time, we have received face masks donations from NGOs and individuals, but it is still not enough,” he told reporters outside of the Penang Remand Prison here.

Earlier today, Roslan and Penang Remand Prison director Mohamed Jusoh Ismail accepted donations in the form of food items, face masks and disinfectants from Datuk Keramat state assemblyman Jagdeep Singh Deo.

The food items were meant for 116 families of Penang Remand Prison staff affected by the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) which took effect on Oct 15.

Meanwhile, Roslan said that the situation at the Seberang Perai Prison was currently under control and there has been no significant increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases.

He added that there would be no inmates transferred in or out of the prison at the moment, and if required, new prisoners would be sent to the Taping Prison instead.