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The recent arrest and sentencing of the Swiss national who graffitied an MRT train to several strokes of the cane have aroused some debate about the justifiability of caning as a punishment for this crime. Parallels have been drawn to the caning of Michael Fay in 1995, an incident which raised an international outcry. This time, there seems to be less international controversy, but the situation in Singapore has shifted over the past 15 years to make caning a less accepted norm in Singaporean society.