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EXPOSED: Northland Secondary School Principal Leonard Koh’s posts to his ex-students on Facebook

Posted by temasektimes on June 23, 2012

The Temasek Times has received two emails from MOE teachers complaining about the conduct of Leonard Koh Yiak Kheng, the principal of Northland Secondary School who was recently in the news for allegedly ‘stalking’ ex-students on Facebook:

We also received one PDF file containing over 100 snapshots of Mr Leonard Koh’s ‘interaction’ with his ex-students on Facebook including the ‘interesting’ pages and posts he liked and shared:

In many of the posts, Leonard Koh posted ‘nice’ on the photos of his ex-students some of whom were surprised at his comment. When asked how he found them on Facebook, he replied that he surfed it ‘randomly’.

He also requested to meet up in person with some of his ex-students one day:

“Hey, so nice to meet you online! Let’s meet up one day!”

According to our informant, MOE received the file last year which was circulated to other teachers as well, but chose to turn a blind eye to it.

While the comments were not crude or lewd, something is not right somewhere when an educator actively seeks out his ex-students (not only one, but more than a hundred and more) on Facebook with the intention of asking them out.

MOE should account to the public whether it is acceptable and appropriate for its teachers to engage in such form of ‘communication’ with their students, past and present on Facebook.

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Disgraced teacher Chua Ren Cheng was a Head of Department in charge of selecting MOE scholars at the Ministry

Posted by temasektimes on April 19, 2012

One of the four men charged for having commercial sex with an underage prostitute on Tuesday is a 33 year old teacher Chua Ren Cheng who once worked as a high-ranking official in the Ministry of Education.

Chua was a MOE scholar who obtained his Masters in ‘Radiation Physics’ from University College in London, United Kingdom after which he was sent to teach in Jurong Junior College.

After leaving Jurong Junior College in 2006, he was  posted to the Ministry of Education as its Head of Placement and Scholarships Policy before joining River Valley High School where he taught Physics and was placed in charge of its ‘leadership development’ department:

[Source: gradtutors.com]

Though the Ministry of Education has removed all traces of Chua Ren Cheng from its website and directories, a post left by Chua himself on a website for private tutors remains:

“Relevant Experience / Teaching Style: Taught in a JC since 2006, now posted to MOE HQ as Head, Placement and Scholarships Policy.”

Colleagues of Chua who worked in the same department as him has also confirmed to us that he has been working together with them. The department is in charge of important tasks at the national level such as the drafting of policies for MOE scholarships, selection of scholars and their placements upon graduation.

This effectively means that Chua Ren Sheng has been placed in charge of the selection and ‘nurturing’ of MOE scholars for the last five years before his abrupt resignation this year.

Besides holding such a high and important post in the Ministry of Education, Chua is also a grassroots leader in the People’s Association, holding the position of Chairman of Taman Jurong Youth Executive Committee:

[Source: People's Association website (cached version)]

In the last few years, a few MOE scholars have their scholarships or contracts terminated prematurely due to sex-related offences, one of them being Jonathan Wong who was charged for possessing child porn in the United Kingdom last year.

Education Minister Heng Swee Kiat has earlier said it is important not to let “one or two incidents” tarnish the image of the teaching profession, because there are many good teachers around.

He added that there would be a couple of black sheep from time to time in spite of efforts to maintain professional standards.

From the media reports below, it appears that it’s not just ‘one or two incidents’, but a dozen of them at least with Chua being the most senior educator to be charged for sex-related offences.

Will the Ministry of Education please explain why and how Chua Ren Cheng was given such an important post in the ministry at a tender age of only 28?

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PRC new citizens use both Singapore and PRC passports to travel between Singapore and China

Posted by temasektimes on April 14, 2012

The recent case of a Malaysian hawker finding himself being ‘converted’ to a Singaporean citizen without his knowledge has shocked the entire nation, casting doubts on the capability of the Immigration and Control Authority (ICA)

However, the problem is likely to be only on the tip of the iceberg as PRC new citizens have been using both Singapore and PRC passports to travel between Singapore and China for a number of years already to the blissful ignorance of the authorities.

One PRC new citizen started a thread on the Lion City Forum asking fellow netizens if they use PRC or Singapore passport when returning home to China and the responses are shocking.

One PRC new citizen wrote:

“I hold two passports last year. I use Singapore passport to leave Singapore and PRC passport to enter China.”

(“我去年持有2个护照,我拿新加坡护照出关,拿中国护照入中国。从中国出来的时候也一样。”)

Another netizen added:

“When leaving Singapore, use Singapore passport. Use PRC passport when entering China, but bring along the old passport as well. Re-use Singapore passport when returning to Singapore again.”

出新加坡,用新加坡护照。入中国,用中国护照. 出中国,用中国护照,但是,把旧的护照也带上,给他看旧护照上的签证章。入新加坡,用新加坡护照。”)

Though Singapore forbid dual-nationality, new citizens below the age of 21 are allowed to hold two passports. Some PRC new citizens above the age of 21 also have a forged PRC passport for use in China as a matter of ‘convenience’ as they are only allowed to stay up to 14 days in China without a visa if they enter using Singapore passport.

Furthermore, there is a loophole in the PRC law which allows its ex-citizens to ‘reconvert’ back to PRC citizenship easily which enables PRC new citizens in Singapore to renounce their Singapore citizenship in an instant should they decide to return to China for good.

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PRC man wants to buy HDB flat in Singapore, but owns an apartment in China

Posted by temasektimes on March 31, 2012

A PRC man who owns an apartment in China asked fellow netizens on Lion City Forum if he can still purchase a resale HDB flat in Singapore:

“I want to buy a resale HDB flat in Singapore, but I have an apartment in China. Can I still buy? Will it have any effect on my purchase?”

(想在新加坡买转售HDB,但国内有套房,这样的情况可以买吗?会有什么影响吗)

Under a new ruling introduced last year, PRs must declare if they own any properties back home and those who have are not allowed to purchase resale flats unless they dispose their existing property within six months upon the completion of the sale of the resale flat.

One PRC netizen replied:

“Don’t think it matters. Who will go to China and check? Only need two PRs to buy a resale HDB flat in Singapore.”

(没有吧,谁会查到国内去啊…两个pr就可以买了)

Another PRC netizen added:

“Usually won’t check, but you need to sign a document declaring that you do not own properties overseas. If discovered, your HDB flat will be repossessed and the money you paid for it will not be refunded.”

(一般是不会查的,但是你买的时候是需要签一个没有海外资产的文件的,如果查到房子没收,交的钱不会退。)

In most other countries, public housing is reserved for citizens only, but in Singapore, PRs are allowed to purchase resale HDB flats which contributed partially to the sky-rocketing prices in recent years.

Not only are the housing policies lax, PRs are also not subjected to a capital tax gain when they sold their resale flats thereby enabling a number of them to make a hefty profit when they sold their flats and leave Singapore for good subsequently.

 

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EXPOSED: Vietnamese ‘Tiger’ lady who assaulted three Singaporeans is a student at SIM

Posted by temasektimes on March 23, 2012

According to a tip-off we received from a reader, the infamous Vietnamese ‘Tiger’ lady who assaulted three Singaporeans on board a Tiger Airway flight from Vietnam to Singapore is currently studying at the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM)

The Vietnamese undergraduate was caught on video hitting two Singaporean men and a Malay lady. The young lady in her 20s was reportedly unhappy that one of the men kicked her seat accidentally from behind and stood up to scold them, after which she raised her fist to punch their chests, scratch their faces and even used a luggage bag to smash their heads.

It is not known if a police report has been made over the incident.

Speaking to us on the condition of anonymity, ‘Anna’ told us she has seen the Vietnamese ‘FT’ around at her campus several times and even attended classes together with her.

“She is very ‘tao’, only hang around with her gang of Vietnamese friends. Dress up flamboyantly and like to flaunt her expensive designer bags and apparel. Heard she is quite rich and stays in a condominium.”

‘Anna’ added that there are an increasing number of foreign students at SIM from Vietnam, Myanmar, Philippines, Indonesia, China and India.

“Sometimes I feel I am a minority in my own country. The foreigners like the Vietnamese tend to stay within their own groups. They hardly mix around with locals.”

 

Related articles:

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PRC wives complain that life in Singapore is boring and frustrating

Posted by temasektimes on March 17, 2012

Due to the government’s liberal and selective immigration policies, a large number of mainland Chinese have relocated to Singapore in recent years, some of whom are PRC wives. They can divided largely into three groups – wives of PRC men who are working in Singapore, women who married local men and ‘Peidu mamas’ – mothers accompanying their children to study in Singapore.

While the government has introduced a slew of measures to help the newcomers integrate into Singapore society, little is known about their living condition here.

A discussion thread on the Lion City Forum about the difficulties encountered by these PRC wives in adapting to living in Singapore may shed some light on the matter.

According to the thread starter “婷婷玉立“, she felt very lonely in Singapore and thought of returning to China:

“Life in Singapore is very boring. I feel very lonely and I do not have a single friend besides my husband and son…..I am very frustrated and really want to give up everything to return to China, but my husband is here and I will be separated from him if I leave…..What should I do?”

Her post brought a flurry of comments from fellow mainland Chinese living in Singapore, some of whom shared her sentiments while others encouraged her to make more new friends to expand her social circle.

One PRC wife wrote:

“I am here for almost three months on a social visit pass. I am still unable to find a job and don’t know if I should return. I feel it’s difficult to land a job here as I can’t speak English. My child is only 19 months old and I feel lost without him by my side. At least your whole family is here.”

Another one added:

“I am married here as well, can’t speak English and feel inferior sometimes.”

“Lolliman” felt language barrier is not the key problem:

“Many people here speak Mandarin. When one is away from home, it is natural to feel bored living in a foreign environment. I have been living here for over a year and seldom find myself genuinely happy. To summarize, there is no sense of belonging. I don’t belong here at all.”

One pregnant PRC wife will decide if she will stay in Singapore after she gives birth in August this year:

“I feel the same too. I am here for three months on Dependent Pass. Because I am pregnant again, I am not used to the new environment and quarreled with my husband on the first day of Chinese New Year….I do not like living in Singapore. My husband and son do not like it too. We miss our home in Beijing and our lives there……I will wait till August after I give birth to decide the next course of action, if I still feel the same, I will not hesitate to return home.”

Though Singapore is a predominantly Chinese-speaking society, stark differences still remain between Singapore and China. The government should explore more ways to help the newcomers integrate into our society. PRC wives are a vulnerable because they are not working and have a small social circle for support.

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EXPOSED: Sun Xu’s academic schedule in the next two months before he graduates from NUS

Posted by temasektimes on March 14, 2012

Instead of suspending Sun Xu from NUS till an official verdict of the disciplinary inquiry is announced, NUS has allowed Sun Xu to continue preparing for his final year exams which he will probably take and passed with flying colors in the next few weeks.

Attached below is the schedule for final year Mechanical Engineering students in NUS:

According to a tip-off we received from a NUS student, Sun Xu is scheduled to take his written papers in late April. He is currently preparing the submission of his Final Year Project.

Though it is a pretty straight-forward case, NUS has refused to punish Sun Xu and chose to procrastinate announcing a verdict on his misdemeanor.

In a short statement released to the press, an NUS spokesperson said “a decision is likely to be made in one to two weeks after the inquiry” after which Sun Xu will be given another 14 days to appeal against the decision if need be.

As there is no fix time-line for the disciplinary committee to adhere to, it can jolly well make the decision after Sun Xu completed his exams.

Under the NUS Honor Code which all its students must sign to be accepted into NUS, students promise to “maintain the highest standards of personal integrity and respect the rule of law, social order, and the rights of others as are expected of all members of the University, both within and outside the University.”

They also “further accept that disciplinary actions may include the deprivation of any degree, diploma, certificate or other academic distinction conferred upon me” should they be found to breach the code.

Judging from the tepid response from MOE and NUS so far, the inquiry appears to be no more than a ‘wayang’ staged to placate angry Singaporeans and Sun Xu is likely to be let off with merely a slap on the wrist when the furore dies now.

Sun Xu will be allowed to keep his MOE scholarship so long he remains a student of NUS as the Ministry of Education (MOE) which administered Sun Xu’s scholarship, has already passed the ‘baton’ over to NUS, saying that its scholarship administrators will “take reference from findings of disciplinary proceedings by the National University of Singapore (NUS), where Mr Sun is studying, before recommending what action to take.”

A final year student in Mechanical Engineering at NUS, Sun Xu triggered nationwide outrage with his now infamous remarks on there ‘being more dogs than humans in Singapore’, prompting many Singaporeans to call for his scholarship to be revoked, including Young PAP member and MediaCorp actor Tay Ping Hui.

He is also currently under police investigation for ‘intentional harassment’ after he posted a comment on Weibo allegedly ‘threatening’ a Singaporean Alex Tan, saying he will ‘wait for him with a knife.’

Born to a wealthy and influential family in the affluent city of Suzhou, Jiangsu province, Sun Xu first came to Singapore in 2004 on a MOE scholarship to study in River Valley High School after which he went on to study at Raffles Junior College and NUS where he majored in Mechanical Engineering.

Unlike other students born in Singapore, Sun Xu did not have to pay a SINGLE CENT for his education in Singapore from secondary school all the way to university.

Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education & Ministry of Law Ms Sim Ann revealed recently in Parliament that the Singapore government spends some $36 million dollars on scholarships to over two thousand foreign students each year, or about S$174,000 per scholar.

Read all articles about Sun Xu here

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Aljunied resident accused WP of wasting public funds on an ‘ego trip’ to replace car park direction signs with new ones in its party colors

Posted by temasektimes on March 6, 2012

Is the Workers Party wasting public funds on an ‘ego trip’ by replacing the existing direction boards erected by the previous Town Council with its own yellow and red ones at the entrance of car parks in Aljunied GRC, asked an irate resident Mr How who stays at Hougang Street 21.

In an email attached with photos, Mr How, a resident of Aljunied GRC for 20 years wrote that he was ‘perturbed’ at the Workers Party changing all the sign and direction boards in the GRC after it came to power in May last year.

“I have been living here for a long time and the previous boards with blue background and words in white are still in good condition. I don’t understand why WP has to change all of them to its color of yellow and red. Are they doing this to show off to the world that Aljunied GRC is now under WP?”

Even the lighted signboards depicting the block numbers of every block were replaced with new ones bearing the colors of WP:

Mr How said he called Aljunied-Hougang Town Council to inquire about the matter, but was told that it is within the jurisdiction of the Town Council to change the sign boards.

“I don’t understand why there is a need to change everything when they are still in working condition. How much does it cost us? And was there an open tender called?” Mr How fumed.

From our understanding, erecting a board of the size in the first photo above will cost between $400 – $600.

The Workers Party should explain to Aljunied residents why they have to change all the signboards at the flats and carparks to its color of red and yellow when there are nothing absolutely wrong with the previous ones. Are they spending public funds wisely or simply splurging them on an ‘ego trip’? Shouldn’t the funds be put to better use elsewhere in the constituency?

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PRC girl living in Singapore despises Singaporeans: ‘Quality’ of its people is too ‘poor’

Posted by temasektimes on March 2, 2012

PRC nationals living in Singapore are ambivalent about the country and its people, based on the responses of PRC netizens in a thread on the Lion City Forum soliciting their views on living in Singapore.

While some netizens are ‘satisfied’ with life in Singapore, others are less impressed with Singaporeans. A PRC girl living in Singapore despises that Singaporeans and expresses open contempt for them:

“The environment is OK, but the ‘quality’ of the ordinary folks is too ‘poor’,” she wrote in a condescending tone.

Another PRC netizen added that there are too many kinds of ‘worms’ in Singapore:

Most of them will never think of settling down in Singapore for good with many simply using Singapore as a ‘jumping board’ to go to greener pastures elsewhere.

One PRC netizen wrote:

“I am here for more than ten years and started work for less than a year. I feel this is a suitable place for young people to study and work to prepare to go to other countries in the future.”

His/her views were shared by many fellow PRC netizens with one declaring that “Singapore is a good jumping board to other countries.”

The recent backlash against NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu for his offensive remarks on there being ‘more dogs than humans in Singapore’ has intensified public scrutiny on the government’s immigration policies.

Large number of mainland Chinese have flocked to Singapore in the last few years in search of a better lives with many of them being given Singapore PR and citizenship.

In an interview with the National Geographic magazine in 2009, former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew said it is a ‘good thing’ that Singapore is welcoming so many Chinese immigrants from China as they are ‘harder-driving’ and ‘harder-striving’ than Singaporeans.

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EXPOSED: PRC punk who scolds Singaporeans ‘stupid cunt’ after punching a Singapore man is also a student like Sun Xu

Posted by temasektimes on March 1, 2012

The notorious PRC man who hurled vulgarities at Singaporeans after beating up a Singaporean uncle at Chinatown last weekend is actually a student studying in Singapore.

Using the moniker of ‘Ares Lin’ on a local Chinese locum, he vented his anger online after being involved in a brawl with a group of Singaporeans over a staring incident:

In the title of the thread, Aries described Singaporeans as ‘sb’ , which stands for “Sha Bi” (傻逼) – meaning ‘stupid cunt’ in mainland Chinese slang.

He also rant at Singaporeans as if the entire nation has offended him:

“Please be reminded Singaporeans, you are all descendants of Chinese and the Chinese blood flow in you. Don’t think you have been transformed to ‘Singaporeans’ from ‘Chinese you can be arrogant. Actually you are not even worth a fart!”

(当新加坡人请你们记住,你们都是炎黄子孙,流的中国人的血,不要以为你们从中国人改成了新加坡人你们就牛逼一点,其实你们屁都不是。)

When asked by fellow PRC netizens to cool down, Aries retorted:

“If all the mainland Chinese return home, you Singaporeans will have to eat porridge at home everyday.”

(如果全部中国人滚回国,新加坡人只有在家天天喝稀饭了)

Ares revealed in another post on the same forum that he is a student, describing himself as having ‘good living habits’ and does not ‘unhealthy hobbies.’

Ares’ original post was deleted after his remarks made the headlines today in a local Chinese tabloid.

Though the rant brought widespread condemnation from netizens, some felt his words should not be taken too seriously as it was written in a fit of anger.

A week earlier, NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu sparked a near nationwide outrage with his now infamous remarks on there ‘being more dogs than humans in Singapore,’ prompting some to call for his MOE scholarship to be revoked.

The recent public backlash against Sun Xu and Ares Lin may be caused by bottled up unhappiness and grievances among Singaporeans, according to prominent local media analyst Chong Tien Siong (钟天祥)

In an interview with BBC News, Mr Chong said:

“The outburst by netizens may also be a reflection of long pent-up frustrations against the government’s immigration and education policies in recent years.”

It is not known if Ares Lin is studying in a local institution or private school. Judging from his residence and hobbies, he appears to be relatively well to do.

Related article:

PRC man insults Singaporeans: You are not worth even a fart

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