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.
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