Corpun file 21447
New Straits Times, Kuala Lumpur, 4 July 2009
Caning can still be carried out, says Wee
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KUALA LUMPUR: Is caning still allowed in schools? Yes, said
Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong.
This, he said, was provided for by the Education (School
Discipline) Regulations 1959.
However, he said, the caning must be carried out in a confined
area; the parents of the student had to be informed, and, caning
must only be for a repeated mistake or very serious offence.
"We don't encourage caning for primary students, but caning
is allowed at the secondary level by the principal or a person to
whom he delegates the power to," said Wee.
On whether girls could also be caned, Wee said: "So far
girls are not allowed to be caned.
"We are a ministry, not a prison. Enforcement alone will not
solve a problem.
"You must remember that education covers everything,
In 2006, the Education Ministry banned public caning in schools
after the Education Regulations (Student Discipline) 2006 came
It was reported in March that the Women, Family and Community
Development Ministry was working on improvements to the Child Act
2001, which included abolishing caning and incorporating
This is to conform to the Convention on the Rights of the Child
(CRC) of which Malaysia is a signatory.
Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister Datin
Paduka Chew Mei Fun said the ministry recommends the use of
positive methods to discipline children as opposed to caning.
She said approaches that would have positive effects on
children's development and encourage good behaviour should be
used to discipline children.
"We cannot expect children to correct their behaviour
over-night. We should focus on methods of discipline like
counselling and community service which can instil new values and
Asked about this conflict in views, Wee said: "I think our
two ministries can sort out any outstanding issues. Whatever we
do, we will do it together as a collective government."
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