Drunk SIM and NUS students apologize for ‘racist’ party at NUS Kent Ridge Hall
Posted by temasektimes on August 14, 2012
Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) student Justin Wee has apologized for making racist jokes in NUS which was recorded on a video clip and uploaded to Youtube, sparking a massive outcry among netizens.
In the video, Justin was filmed hurling profanities and making racist remarks about ethnic minorities in Singapore while in a state of stupor at the multi-purpose hall of Kent Ridge Hall, egged on by NUS students who appeared to be equally intoxicated as well.
The video was recorded by his friend Lu Jia Hui, a third year Science student from NUS and uploaded to his Facebook. however, it was ripped off by an unknown party and subsequently made its way to Youtube.
SIM has since met up with Justin to ‘counsel’ him and will be convening a disciplinary hearing soon to deal with him.
In an email sent to The Temasek Times, Justin explained that he did not mean any of the profanities or racist jokes he had said in the video as he was drunk at that point in time.
He expressed his regrets and apologies for the offensive remarks made:
“I sincerely apologise to everyone who are offended by the profanities that I had said. I know that getting intoxicated is not a good enough reason and I should be responsible for myself and my own actions.”
The Masters of NUS Sheares Hall and Kent Ridge Hall have also issued a public apology on the fiasco:
“We, as Masters of Sheares Hall and Kent Ridge Hall, jointly reiterate that we do not condone the behaviour of the students involved in the video. We have met with the residents who were with the non-NUS student Justin Wee and counseled them. Our students deeply regret not having stopped Justin Wee and the video-shooting, and have expressed their full remorse over the incident. They have also expressed their apologies to the community. As Masters, we will endeavour to take all necessary steps to ensure as best as we can that such incidents do not happen again.”
Unfortunately, Justin’s apology was not well received by many netizens who also questioned why alcoholic beverages were allowed in NUS.
Some comments from Facebook:
“It’s disturbing that the others are enjoying the whole time – abetting and partaking in the not-so-innocent shenanigans. Is this the face of the youth in Singapore today?” – Charles Tan
“If he’s not drunk, his behaviour is so disgusting. If he’s really drunk, his behaviour still smacks vomitingly disgusting. Din go to army? Parents never teach? He makes us adults look like idiots with us mature body frame…” - Andrew Tan
“People like this kid need a taste of their own medicine. Being a victim of racism is a hard pill to swallow. He should be sent to a majority white country so he can feel what it’s like when the shoe is on the other foot.” – Edwin Wong