Buddhist association gives mandarin oranges to prison and rehabilitation centre

Thian (eighth left) presents mandarin oranges to Hafiz.

KUCHING, Jan 19: Persatuan Bimbingan Agama Buddha Malaysia (PBABM) Sarawak distributed mandarin oranges to Penjara Puncak Borneo (PPB) and Pusat Pemulihan Penagihan Narkotik (Puspen) in Kuching in conjunction with the approaching Chinese New Year.

Thian (fourth left) presents mandarin oranges to a Puspen representative only identified as Lily.

According to a press statement, the visit was led by PBABM chairman Thian Phin Kong, who was accompanied by teachers and members of the organisation.

There are approximately 1,300 individuals of various races and faiths serving sentences in PPB, and 272 clients in PUSPEN.


PBABM has been making a difference in the lives of the individuals at PPB by conducting “Character-Rebuilding” educational programmes based on the teachings of Buddha.

They strive to empower and prepare those seeking a second chance at a new beginning, and have positively impacted the lives of thousands of people.

In the press statement, a prison official only identified as Hafiz expressed his gratitude for PBABM’s contributions and support in helping the population at PPB recover and reintegrate into society.

He hoped PBABM’s efforts will inspire other non-profit organisations to participate in similar acts of kindness.

Meanwhile, members of Kuching Art and Cultural Image Association also joined in the event, as they are currently working on a film that aims to educate the public on the dangers of drug abuse.

By being present in the settings and actively engaging with the officials at the prison and the rehabilitation centre, they hope to inspire authenticity and create heightened awareness of the damaging effects of drugs on one’s life, family, and community. — DayakDaily