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rotan (plural rotans)
- (Singapore) a long piece of rattan used to cane people as punishment for criminal acts.
1949 November 5, The Straits Times, page 5 [newspaper]:
- Two boys, aged 14 and 11, were each sentenced to three strokes of the light rotan at Kluang for stealing duck eggs from Loh Wee Seng.
1975 November 25, The Straits Times, page 6 [newspaper]:
- Zaimi Bin Rassak, 20, was yesterday jailed for two years with two strokes of the rotan after he was found guilty of trafficking in 32 rolls of cannabis in Queens Crescent on June 24 at 1 a.m.
2008 February 9, The Straits Times, page 39 [newspaper]:
- Khushwant Singh, 38-year-old on the run for five years, put behind bars for six years and two months; gets six strokes of the rotan.
From raut (“to trim, pare down”)