The government has allocated RM10 million for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and PEKA (Your Second Chance) programmes to provide Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB)-certified skills training to offenders next year.
He said this was because the programmes run by the Prisons Department had succeeded in providing job opportunities to offenders who have completed their sentence.
"In addition, the government will also table a proposal to amend the Drug Dependants (Treatment and Rehabilitation) Act 1983 to enable drug abusers and addicts to undergo treatment and rehabilitation without being put in prison," he said when tabling Malaysia MADANI Budget 2024 in Parliament today.
Anwar, who is also the Minister of Finance, said that Malaysia will not escape from the effects of the regional humanitarian crises.
"Most of the refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia are from Myanmar who were oppressed in their country of origin.
“As such, the government is willing to consider giving them controlled access to basic needs including jobs, services and education," he said.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency