A man in Johor Baru, who had a report lodged against him for slapping and caning his 13-year-old son, wants the Welfare Department to help him look after the autistic boy, reported China Press.
Soo Li Yi, 49, admitted that he lost his temper when he slapped and caned his son Sheng Guan at a coffee shop in Skudai on May 12.
Li, who works at the coffee shop, said he reacted that way after he told Sheng Guan not to bite his tongue but the boy would not listen.
However, he said he now regretted his actions and hoped that the department would arrange for Sheng Guan's education so that he could eventually be independent.
Since the incident, Li Yi said Sheng Guan had to be locked in the dining room of their house when he goes to work.
"My other son takes care of him after school and I clean him when I return from work," said Li Yi.
It was reported that Sheng Guan stopped going to classes for special children four years ago after his parents did not see any improvement.
Sheng Guan's mother, who only comes back on weekends as she works in Singapore, said although Li Yi had a temper, he loved their children very much.