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Did PAP MP Baey Yam Keng really urge Singaporeans to reflect on Sun Xu’s comment (that we are ‘dogs’)?

Posted by temasektimes on February 22, 2012

PAP MP Baey Yam Keng has jumped to the defence of embattled NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu and urged Singaporeans to seriously reflect on what he said about them instead.

A final year student in Mechanical Engineering at the National University of Singapore, Sun sparked a massive outcry among Singaporeans with his offensive remarks on there “being more dogs than humans in Singapore” on his microblog ‘Weibo’ last Saturday.

In the same thread, Sun used the term “瘪三” to describe Singapore uncles, which is a derogatory word typically used in Shanghai to describe the underclass bums in the society. It means a person who is a tramp, bum, good-for-nothing fella, beggar, drifter, loafer, outcast, vagrant, destitute and worthless person.

When told by a fellow netizen not to be too fussy, he replied:

“Bunch of 挫逼. My temper these days is already a lot better.”

挫逼” is a derogatory word commonly used in mainland China for cursing people, an equivalent of the Hokkien phrase ‘CCB’ used as a vulgarity in Singapore.

Sun’s arrogance and callousness sparked a massive outcry among Singaporeans with MediaCorp actor Tay Ping Hui calling him an ‘impertinent ingrate’ on his Twitter. He is reportedly under police investigation for allegedly ‘criminally intimidating’ a Singaporean on his microblog.

Instead of condemning him, Mr Baey tried to downplay the bitter episode.

In an interview with an English tabloid, Mr Baey said Singaporeans have to accept that, within every community, there will be some who will tarnish the reputation of their peers.

“We (also) need to reflect, are we the way they described?” he added.

Mr Baey also warned Singaporeans against ‘jumping to the conclusion that all foreign students are like that,” as there are Singaporean scholars who were caught for behaving in an ‘inappropriate’ manner in the past as well.

It is not known if Mr Baey’s words were ‘quoted out of context’ as many netizens have interpreted it that they were asked to reflect if they are ‘dogs’ as described by Sun Xu.

‘LitigiousLionel’ posted on Hardwarezone forum:

“seriously he said that? asking us to consider if we are really dogs?”

‘balzebub’ added:

“totally disgusted by what he said we should reflect, at least in this most recent case; so am i supposed to reflect if i am a dog??”

In the meantime, Mr Baey’s Facebook has been inundated with ‘feedback’ from angry netizens, prompting him to issue a statement acknowledging that it is indeed ‘rude and degrading to call people dogs.’

Related articles:

NUS Provost: I have counselled Sun Xu

NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu apologizes to Singaporeans

Tay Ping Hui scolds NUS PRC scholar Sun Xun: “You are an impertinent ingrate!”

Alex Tan lodged police report against NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu for alleged threat

NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu hurls vulgarities at Singaporeans

NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu remains unrepentant: I am only complaining

Netizen filed complaint to NUS against PRC scholar’s offensive remarks about Singaporeans

‘More dogs than humans in Singapore’ – NUS PRC student’s comments spark outcry

2 Responses to “Did PAP MP Baey Yam Keng really urge Singaporeans to reflect on Sun Xu’s comment (that we are ‘dogs’)?”

  1. Tay Linna said

    Mr Baey, I think most netizens are not angry mainly because of his comments but rather because he is a NUS scholar, using Singaporeans’ resources to benefit himself and being ungrateful and arrogance. How come after stringent, NUS gets such a rotten scholar?
    Are we dogs? Mr Baey – are you? Singaporeans – are we? Just because we obey, we listen, we follow instructions from our government? Then isn’t the PRC more ‘doggy’ in their country?

  2. Moses Oh said

    I would like to ask …

    If you received a stranger into your house becos they are poor and pitiful. And you have house them, feed them, given them free lodging, education, and possibly rights to be a member of the household if they ever choose to.

    And if the stranger after receiving all your kindness, did not thank you. But still spit you in the face and call you a dog.

    1. Will you reflect on your insults?

    I don’t think so. Instead you will take the next option.

    2. What you will do is to kick them out of your house and cut off all their rights to be a member of your household.

    So why the hell do we need to reflect?

    If you really do think we need to reflect, then I do not feel that you are right to represent Singaporeans. Because you are certainly not right in your mind.

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