Shock as lawmaker calls for return of caning on mainland

A national lawmaker has stirred up controversy by suggesting that the mainland should reintroduce caning to reduce crime, even though the practice was abandoned in China more than 100 years ago.

Thursday, 31 January, 2013, 4:22am

Singapore-style caning effective as crime deterrent, says NPC delegate

More than 30 countries worldwide have judicial corporal punishment but China is not one of them - yet. Photo: AP

Chen Weicai, head of the Guangzhou Public Security Bureau’s political affairs department, said on Tuesday during an NPC session that “strict punishment” was needed to solve rising crime in the city.

30 Jan 2013 - 12:52pm

Teachers flog four-year-old at Xinyang kindergarten

The metre-long stick pictured on a classroom desk which the teachers allegedly used to beat the child. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Two teachers from a kindergarten in Xinyang took turns flogging a four-year-old boy after after he had forgotten to bring an activity book to school.

4 Jan 2013 - 12:21pm

Welcome to wonderful Aceh, land of sun, sand - and canings

'Visit Aceh - see sharia law in action, including public canings.'

It is not your standard tourist billboard but one that the head of Aceh's tourism department believes could be used to market the region as a holiday destination, if his recent comments are anything to go by.

24 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Ex-soldiers to enforce school discipline amid spiralling delinquency and crime

Retired troops will be sent into Malaysian schools to combat rampant indiscipline, according to a recently announced government plan.

Parents and teachers say it will turn schools into boot camps and amplify the problem, not solve it.

18 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Teacher sought over caning

Police were looking for an English teacher from a Yuen Long tutorial centre last night after he allegedly caned a 10-year-old pupil for refusing to study. The boy returned home crying with bruises and marks on his cheek and body and was treated at Tuen Mun Hospital. Police said they had classified the case as assault but have not yet been able to talk to the teacher.

12 Mar 2002 - 12:00am

New court to order caning of juveniles

A Children's Court will be set up with the power to sentence young male offenders to caning.

The move follows government concern over a rise in juvenile crime and 'social problems' among young people.

In conservative Malaysia, children who idly gather at shopping centres are considered a problem.

21 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Gaining from pain

I refer to Lucy Yim's letter headlined, 'Caning just will not work' (South China Morning Post, March 21), where she argues that the use of corporal punishment in schools is 'counter-productive'.

3 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Boy caned for stealing, court told

A six-year-old boy was caned by his uncle's girlfriend after he was found to have stolen two packs of chocolate at a convenience store, Eastern Court heard yesterday.

It was alleged his uncle's girlfriend, Ma Ho-lam, 18, beat him with a rattan stick on November 7 when the boy also lied that he had done his homework.

11 Jan 1997 - 12:00am


I FULLY agree with your correspondent T. Chau (South China Morning Post, January 29), who is angry over the cruel treatment of youngsters who want to be performers in Peking operas.

I also saw the TVB news item on January 23, showing the young performers being repeatedly hit on the head by the trainers. I thought it was disgusting.

2 Feb 1996 - 12:00am

Whip it good

JUST as we suspected. While liberal America was loudly protesting teen-vandal Michael Fay's Singaporean thrashing, not a few good ol' boys were ready to recreate the event in their own living rooms.

Now, thanks to Pal Imports and their 'Oriental Rattan For Prison Whippings And Effective Crime Prevention' they have the chance.

30 Jul 1995 - 12:00am

Caning charge

A 32-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with wounding after cane marks were discovered on his nine-year-old son's arms and legs. He was released on $5,000 bail and will appear in North Kowloon Court on Tuesday.

28 Oct 1994 - 12:00am

Caning arrest

A 32-YEAR-OLD man who allegedly caned his son was arrested and released on bail. A social worker who called at the nine-year-old boy's home at Li Cheng Uk Estate, Shamshuipo, found cane marks on both his hands and legs. The boy was placed in care.

Police were told social workers made frequent visits to the family's home after the boy's brother died of neglect some time ago.

7 Oct 1994 - 12:00am

US teenagers have dreadful reputation

I THINK the Hong Kong student Shiu Chi-ho and American Michael Fay, deserved the caning they received for acts of vandalism in Singapore. In fact, I think the Singaporean court was quite lenient.

30 Jun 1994 - 12:00am

Useful lesson

I READ with interest the quote in the South China Morning Post, on May 6, by Theodore Simon, the American lawyer for Michael Fay: ''It's a tyrannical dictatorship that has tortured an innocent young man for no other reason than to promote their political self-interest.'' Quite untrue! First off, Singapore is not a ''tyrannical dictatorship''. It's a far cry from North Korea or even China.

12 May 1994 - 12:00am