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Singapore: No reason to raise age limit above 50 for caning sex offenders

Source: theindependent.sg 9/14/21

Singapore — Member of Parliament Murali Pillai (PAP – Bukit Batok) said that serious sex offenders should still be caned regardless of their age because this would be a stronger deterrent against such offences.

Speaking in Parliament on Monday (Sept 13), Mr Murali suggested that the current cut-off age of 50 years for caning serious sex offenders was “not fit for purpose.”

He observed that middle-aged sex offenders tend to target younger victims; therefore, they should be strongly deterred from such actions.

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I love the foreign news on this blog. I can dig it. It is not lost on me that Singapore still utilizes corporal punishment. Its a basic societal choice. No doubt our bedwetters in mainstream media would feign contortions upon it’s use upon Americans. Cruel and unusual they’d call it, especially as promulgated to children. The sex offender, however, might not be such a reach given the current trend. Then again, caning is a cheap punishment compared to the cost of registration. Caning however only occurs one time so less labor costs is incurred by the people of Singapore. These facts mirror and evidences the American tendency to increase the reach of punishment for crime.

They could have caned the crap out of me if it spared me 8 years in the joint and a lifetime on the public registry. In fact, I’d take a caning and 8 years locked up over being a registrant which ranks among the most cruel and unusual punishment ever concocted.
I bet we’d see a huge reduction in recidivism across the board with a reinstatement of corporal punishment.

Completely agree with C and Tim. I’ve re-thought corporal punishment, and concluded our “non-violent” incarceration approaches have been twisted into cruelty. Yes, the death penalty, caning, and stockades are brutal, but many of our society’s educated elite are fine with prisoner-on-prisoner violence, life without the possibility of parole, and effective banishment—all of which are just as cruel, if not crueler, than typical corporal punishments—they’re just “sanitized,” and the blood is off the hands of the good people who happily stuff men in boxes for 50 years. If we followed Norway, sure—that’s a rational approach. But our banishment and sanctioning of prisoner on prisoner violence as a form of correction are irrational and medieval, giving the veneer of a sophisticated society. I’d take caning and a few days in the stockades over my 25 years in the registry any day.

Tweaked toward profitably more like it. Meanwhile The registry database upkeep has great labor costs and employs thousands of certain types of voters. For them it is about job security.

I’d rather be canined annually 5 working days before or after my birthday for the rest of my life then be on the registry

Good luck

I don’t see anywhere in the article where it mentions what is meant by caning. 1 blow? 5 blows? 10 blows? 100 blows? 1000 blows? Seems like that would make quite a difference before we all volunteer for that in lieu of registering.

Also, does the caning represent the entire sentence, or is it in addition to some years in prison?

Also, the article didn’t mention whether or not Singapore has its own registry, and offenders would also be on that, in addition to the caning.

Lest anyone think this is like getting spanked by ones mother or teacher back in the day Google “judicial caning”. As oracticed in Singapore and I believe Malaysia, it is a rather harsh punishment.

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