ASK any Malaysian aged over 40 about being caned as a baby and they’re going to in all probability regale you with tales of hijinks and mischief, and finally comeuppance within the type of the slim however all the time lethal rotan (rattan).
It was a totally regular sight to see a number of rotans casually hung in “strategic” places in nearly each house. In reality, it was de rigueur for Malaysians in the event that they needed to be taken critically as dad and mom and never some radical hippie hell bent on elevating spoilt brats.
A current submit on widespread Fb web site – In the meantime in Malaysia – requested if dad and mom at this time nonetheless resorted to the nice outdated rotan to self-discipline their children. Some mentioned that oldsters nowadays lacked the nerve to wield such a heavy weapon.
Hafriz Hamdan duly mentioned that oldsters nowadays lack the mandatory chutzpah to wield the rotan whereas Elis Ohalila Yap noticed that purchasing the rotan nowadays would invite soiled stares (kena jeling macam macam).
Sharon Lee commented that caning a baby would see a mother or father “despatched straight to lokap (lock-up) for abuse”.
These feedback apart, nevertheless, it could seem that a big quantity nonetheless firmly believed in NOT sparing the rod and that the nice outdated rotan was nonetheless an efficient and acceptable technique to carry their offspring (and even college students) into line.
Some even had names for his or her trusty weapons as exemplified by Carlson who wrote: “I’ve one at house. Even title it Excalibur since all my sons are named after the English kings. Any misbehaviour shall be strucked (sic) with Excalibur until kingdom come. I wield it, all of them yield.”
Nicole Nadia is an apparent fan and has units of two tied along with rubber bands for max effectiveness.
“I’m utilizing it now. Tied two in a set. In a automobile one set, at house one set,” she wrote, saying that she was requested by coppers about it wherein she defined it was a street security system as she will’t drive when the youngsters misbehave within the car.
Most recalled how they scurried away in pure horror as kids each time they heard their dad and mom thwacking the skinny rods in opposition to a tough floor, denoting some painful punishment was as a result of be handed out.
The humorous tone of the various feedback would counsel they thought being caned definitely held them in good stead.
One instructor acknowledged that he was confronted with a normal three pupil who couldn’t learn. The specter of corporal punishment miraculously turned mentioned pupil into an avid reader inside a fortnight.
It will seem from the various feedback that Malaysians haven’t moved with remainder of the world in viewing caning as a type of youngster abuse. Some have even upgraded their weapons of alternative to incorporate garments hangers and balloon holders with the latter being extremely beneficial as they don’t cut up!
Greatest advice on the effectiveness of the nice outdated rotan got here from Park So Yeon who mentioned: “My mom nonetheless use it to ugut (threaten) me. P.S.: I’m 30 this yr.”
What say you – spare the rod and spoil the kid? – Aug 15, 2023