Malaysia to Revive Corporal Punishment in Schools

by VR Sreeraman on  April 7, 2009 at 3:24 PM Lifestyle News
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Malaysia is to revive caning in schools to curb discipline problems among pupils, three years after making moves to ban corporal punishment, a minister said.
 Malaysia to Revive Corporal Punishment in Schools
Malaysia to Revive Corporal Punishment in Schools

The government made the decision to revive caning last month and it will issue specific guidelines on how to implement the punishment, deputy education minister Wee Ka Siong told AFP.

"We will allow the headmaster or anyone who has been authorised to execute the punishment, while parents will be notified and invited to witness the caning to be done in a confined area," he said.

"We need to take precautions because students nowadays are not like students those days -- they are 'too creative' in breaching the rules now," Wee said.

In 2006, the government said it was planning to ban public caning in schools, where the punishment is administered on the buttocks or the palm of the hand.

The education ministry also said a year later that it was considering allowing schools to cane unruly girls to curb an upsurge in discipline problems including gang fights and bullying.

Source: AFP

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Whenever I read or hear about news regarding school corporal punishment, they always remind of my past experiences. I was a student of Kuen Cheng Elementary School (2). From my memory, corporal punishment was widely used by most teachers there. I especially remember a teacher named Miss Yip Sau Kam. She never listened to excuses. I always thought that she used physical punishment to relieve her own anger. She always yelled at students, looked at them with hateful looks, and used to beat students with a cane or ruler, as if she was an army training commander officer. I was disturbed by that psychologically. There are varies reasons of poor academic performance, other than heartless learning, reasons can include dyslexia, learning disabilities, poor focusing, processing or attention skills, or even family issues and etc. Teachers should have assisted or introduced their students with different learning styles or skills instead of using canes as a tool. She was once my classroom teacher. On that particular test, many of the students were being hit many times and left their palms or buttocks with bruises. With some male students who did poorly on the test, she hit them 20-30 times repeatedly on their palms or buttocks. It was really scary. We were just little children back then, less than 10 years of age, I don’t think we deserved that kind of abusive treatment. There are other ways that teachers can gain their students’ respect and keep their classrooms orderly. I think that when teachers genuinely care for their students, it shows in the way they teach and in the time they devote to their students. This kind of caring nature is bound to positively affect their students.


I am doing my PhD on this topic and appreciate more details and experiences of individuals on their schooldays when teachers used not only the cane but other things like rubber bands, rulers, staplers or even shoes to hit the children.
Alternatively you could also mail me to say why you agree wth corporal punishment in Malaysian schools.


I remember when I was 8 years old, having just moved back from the UK to Malaysia. My parents sent me to public school. My first day I saw two of my classmates being slapped, having their hair pulled and head shaken crazy by our English teacher because they didn’t submit their homework. The week after the same teacher applied make up on me and 10 of my classmates’ faces....well kinda, she actually took the blackboard duster and pat it on my face until it was all white, smudged lipstick on our mouth and drew eyeliner around our eyes with a permanent marker. She then made us stand in front of the class. That freaked me out. I started crying. My parents thought I was being too emotional. Throughout the years in the same school from when I was 8-12, I saw people being kicked, humiliated, slapped, caned, shouted at, banged their head on the blackboard and other things you just can't imagine being done to a children. That is unless you're in Malaysia lol.


1. I fully support the decision by deputy education minister Wee Ka Siong (told AFP)that the government made the decision to revive caning and it will issue specific guidelines on how to implement the punishment.
2. But before implementation commences, make sure all necessary law, procedures.guidelines and precautions to be available before hands so that when the corporal Punishment take place it can cover all parties involve.


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