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KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, January 19, 2001: By introducing the consequence of caning for delinquent acts of gambling, swearing or carrying cigarettes, Malaysia's Penang state hopes to deter the bad habits in students. Under the demerit system where 10 points brings one stroke of the cane, even dyeing hair or wearing costume jewelry can earn a student 5 points. An accumulated 50 demerits results in a one-week suspension. Education Minister Musa Mohamed told the media, "Even as a last resort, punishment should be aimed at educating." The action is contrary to numerous studies which show corporal punishment does far more harm than good to children.