Photographer's Note

What is he doing? Why is he whacking a wood structure?

Well my dear friends, the guy in this picture is known as the 'Tukang Sebat'. Translated, it means the 'caning smith'.

Corporal punishment is present in Malaysia unlike most western countries. Some may think of it as cruel and inhuman, but right here, the term 'spare the rod, spoil the child' seems to be useful as a way to punish criminals.

During the caning process, the guilty criminal will be stripped naked and forced to wear a piece of cloth around his waist. The buttocks are exposed. Then, he will lie face down on top of the wooden rack with his hands tied above his head with leather belts. Both his legs are tied the same way too. When firmly secured, he will form an 'A' shape on the rack and is unable to move at all.

A jail guard will be standing in front of him holding his head firmly down to avoid him breaking his own neck from reflex. Then, the Tukang Sebat will stand behind him with a 1 meter long cane. Note that the cane will be sterilized before the beating.

The prison director will read out his punishment from the court of justice, and tell out how many strokes are to be given.

The first stroke commences when another jail warden screamed out," SATU!" (it means One in english).


The skin are ripped apart and the area around it glows to a pinkish red colour.

"DUA!!" (Two..)


You can see the flesh... and some bits of skin and blood spattered to the floor.

I won't continue until the 24th stroke... you can imagine the rest for yourself.

I like this picture and I hope you like it too.


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