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Prison Department of Malaysia

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[Prison Department of Malaysia ] image located by Valentin Poposki, 25 April, 2009

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Diagonally divided red over blue by bands of yellow, white and green, on an ascending diagonal. In centre, the badge of the Prison Department - two keys crossed, surmounted by a star and crescent, bracketed by two ears of rice, ribbon below stating PENJARA MALAYSIA.

The Prison Department of Malaysia has its own flag, which can be found at
Valentin Poposki, 25 April 2009

Prisons Department Logo and Corporate Colours
The symbolism of the colours and logo of the Prisons department of Malaysia from their website as follow (English version):

  •  The fourteen-point star depicts the 13 States and the Federal Government, while the star and the crescent depict the Islamic religion – the official religion of Malaysia.
  • The crossed keys symbolise the authority and responsibility delegated by the department in the performance of duties.
  • The paddy flower symbolises solidarity and close co-operation multiracial staff at the various levels of hierarchy.
  • The green background, which is the official colour of the Prisons Department, signifies allegiance to the Head.

Green Colour. The department’s corporate colour symbolises the objective of the department to reform citizens who have lapsed into moral decay into productive individuals who are able to once again fit into to society as useful citizens able to fulfill their social obligations...."[1]

Flag Name and Sympolism of Colours
The Malay language site additionally mentions the name of the flag as "Waja Bakti" which translates roughly as Dedication of Steel. Elaborated further as having a "tough as steel" mentality in the carrying out of responsibilities and dedication in serving at all times. The site for the logo, motto, and flag in Malay also mentions of the flag's colours symbolism, my translation as follow:

  • Black outline: Steadfastness and a "tough as steel" attitude of the of personnel in the maintenance of the department's and nation's image.
  • Red: Efficient and effective as well as a continuously value-adding administration.
  • Yellow: Loyalty to the monarchy and government.
  • Blue: Customer priority and friendliness towards various segments of society.
  • Green: Harmony between those incarcerated and members.
  • White: A united rehabilitation programme for those incarcerated to enable them to be productive members of society.[2]

Flag History
The current flag was raised for the first time at the Prisons Department Day Celebrations on 18 October 2008. Officiated by the Minister of Home/Internal Affairs at Marang Prison in Terengganu.[3][4]. The former flag of the department was known as "Jalur Bakti" or Dedicated Stripes; the former flag being comprised of 14 green and white stripes, with a green canton (9 stripes high or alternatively 8 stripes high with canton sitting on the 9th green stripe) charged with the prisons department logo in white (about 4 to 5 stripes high).[5][6][7][8][9]

[1] Prison Department of Malaysia, Logo & Motto,, date accessed, 7 June 2009
[2] Jabatan Penjara Malaysia, Logo, Motto, dan Bendera,, date accessed, 7 June 2009
[3] Jabatan Penjara Malaysia, Majlis Sambutan Hari Jabatan Penjara Malaysia 2008,, date accessed 7 June 2009
[4] Jabatan Penjara Malaysia, Sambutan Hari Jabatan Penjara Malaysia,, date accessed, 7 June 2009
[5] Jabatan Penjara Malaysia, Berita Gambar Majlis Menyemarakkan Semangat Merdeka,, date accessed, 7 June 2009
[6] Jabatan Penjara Malaysia, Hari Jabatan Penjara 2007,, date accessed, 7 June 2009
[7] Jabatan Penjara Malaysia, Berita bergambar Perbarisan Hari Kemerdekaan ke-51Tahun 2008,, date accessed, 7 June 2009
[8] Jabatan Penjara Malaysia, Majlis Penyerahan Depot Tahanan PATI Tanah Merah,, date accessed, 7 June 2009
[9] Majlis Sukan Penjara Malaysia, Kejohanan Paintball MAKSAK,, date accessed, 7 June 2009. With regard to especially the following photograph,
Herman Felani M.Y., 6 June 2009