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PM Lee raps Singaporeans for ‘over-reacting’ to Sun Xu saga: We should have ‘moved on’

Posted by temasektimes on April 4, 2012

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has expressed his worries of two new ‘societal trends’ among some ‘vocal’ Singaporeans: A ‘self-centred’ Not-In-My-Backyard syndrome and what appears to be a growing gap between Singaporeans and new immigrants.

Speaking to the Singapore media at the end of the 20th Asean Summit in Phnom Penh, he raised his concerns about these two trends which has led to an increasing outpouring of anger and frustration against the government in cyberspace.

“We must not go into a position where NIMBY (not in my backyard) becomes a general attitude among Singaporeans because then we will stymie ourselves. If we take this self-centred approach to problems, we will not be able to do the best for ourselves as a community.”

Instead of condemning NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu for making derogatory remarks about Singaporeans and reviewing the government’s pro-foreigner education policies, PM Lee felt Singaporeans should have accepted his apology and move on:

“”You look at the Sun Xu incident, he shouldn’t have made that blog post. He did. He has been chastised. He has been disciplined. He has expressed his contrition. He’s sorry about it. And I think we should accept that. We should have been able to move on from that and deal with it as one person who mis-spoke.”

He added that Singaporeans should not target other immigrants because of one person:

“We should not, because of one incident, make that into an issue, (to say) all immigrants are like that,” he said.

Despite the gravity of his offence, Sun Xu was only given a $3,000 fine and a 3-month community service obligation. Unlike two Singaporean students who were expelled immediately by their Junior College for kissing publicly, Sun Xu will be allowed to graduate from NUS next year.

The government introduced a $10-million dollar Community Integration Fund two years ago to help make the newcomers feel welcomed, accepted and happy in Singapore. Judging from the response of Singaporeans so far to the Sun Xu saga, there is still a long way more to go.

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Sun Xu had job interview cancelled as ex-PRC scholar promised to give him a job in China

Posted by temasektimes on March 29, 2012

Embattled NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu reportedly had a job interview cancelled yesterday as news broke out about his ‘punishment’ by NUS for breaching its ‘Code of Conduct’.

A final year student in Mechanical Engineering at NUS, Sun Xu sparked a near nationwide outcry with his now infamous remarks on there ‘being more dogs than humans in Singapore.’

Despite the gravity of his actions, he was let off the hook by NUS with a fine of $3,000, a 3 month community service obligation and termination of his scholarship benefits for his final semester only.

However, the repercussions of his offensive remarks  may already be felt now as potential employers continue to shun him after German company Schlumberger reportedly terminated his attachment with it prematurely.

According to a netizen Ahmad Aris, he was told by an interviewer that Sun Xu’s interview was cancelled in the last minute yesterday:

[Source: Facebook]

Though Sun Xu may encounter difficulties finding a job in Singapore at least in the near future, he can easily find one back home in China as Singapore graduates fluent in both English and Mandarin are in great demand there.

One ex-NUS PRC scholar Xin Ping has written to us asking for Sun Xu contacts and offering him a position with her company in Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning province in Northeast China.

“If Sun Xu doesn’t mind going to the frigid northeast, I can offer him a job there. We need bilingual managers who can converse in both Putonghua and English which are hard to find in China. His NUS degree will be an asset.”

She added that the punishment meted out on Sun Xu was too ‘harsh’ and Singaporeans are making a ‘mountain out of a molehill.”

“Such comments are commonly posted in China’s QQ and Weibo. You should come and read what the Southerners are saying about the Northerners and the Cantonese are saying about the Sichuanese.”

Given his present predicament, Sun Xu should consider leaving Singapore for good and return to China where there are more ‘humans than dogs’ unlike here.

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VIDEO: PAP MP Lim Biow Chuan urges Singaporeans to accept Sun Xu’s apology and move on graciously

Posted by temasektimes on March 27, 2012

In an interview with Channel 8, PAP MP Lim Biow Chuan urges Singaporeans to accept NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu’s apology and move on graciously:

“The student concerned. He has made an apology unreservedly and he has been issued a punishment from NUS and I think for us as Singaporeans, we ought to accept what has happened. Since he has apologized, we should accept it graciously and all of us should move on.”

Channel 8 also interviewed a few NUS students who felt Sun Xu should be held responsible for his comments made online.

Listen to what MP Lim has to say below:

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PHOTO: 7 years of FREE education for Sun Xu starting in the class of 2005, River Valley High School

Posted by temasektimes on March 27, 2012

A junior of NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu sent us a photo of him in his younger days:

“I would like to highlight the fact that Sun Xu was imported in the year 2005, not 2006 as you pointed out. As I belong to the Class of 2006, I feel disturbed to be seen as his peer then.

He spent two years (Sec 3 and 4) in River Valley High School. He belongs to Class of 2005. River Valley High imports, on average, 2 classes of them and they would constitute the bulk of Chinese Literature subject classes. Attached is his class photo from the yearbook of 2005 and you will find the rest of the faces and names smudged to protect their identities.”

Now with Sun Xu being let off the hook by NUS, he can graduate happily in July this year and look back at his seven years of FREE EDUCATION in Singapore with delight and glee.

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Sun Xu apologizes again: My last month has been filled with great regrets and remorse

Posted by temasektimes on March 26, 2012

Embattled PRC scholar Sun Xu has apologized for a second time to Singaporeans on his Facebook shortly after NUS announced his ‘punishment’ for breaching its Code of Conduct.

In a circular issued to the NUS community today, NUS Provost stated that Sun Xu will be ‘reprimanded’ and fined $3,000 for posting offensive remarks about Singaporeans online. He will also have to serve three months of community service after which he will be allowed to graduate.

Though Sun Xu’s MOE scholarship was not revoked, his undergraduate benefits for the final semester will be suspended.

In the latest posting on his Facebook, Sun Xu wrote in both English and Chinese:

“My last month has been filled with great regrets and remorse. My comments were disrespectful and inappropriate, and I am very sorry for making those comments. I have accepted the NUS Board of Discipline’s decision. I just want to say again that I am deeply sorry. Please accept my sincere and heartfelt apologies.”

[Source: Sun Xu's Facebook]

However, at least one of his friend felt the punishment was too harsh:

“I think it’s really unfair to delay graduation,” Suen wrote.

Sun Xu still has two weeks to appeal against the decision made by NUS Board of Discipline and he has not indicated if he would do so yet.

Meanwhile, the controversial verdict sparked another round of outcry from netizens as they lampoon NUS for lacking the ‘balls’ to expel Sun Xu.

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NUS circular on punishment for MOE PRC scholar Sun Xu

Posted by temasektimes on March 26, 2012

Office of the Provost
PROVOST’S CIRCULAR
University Hall 
Lee Kong Chian Wing UHL #05-01D 
21 Lower Kent Ridge Road Singapore 119077 
Tel: (65) 6516 6688 Fax: (65) 6776 1956 
Website: NUS – Home
26 March 2012

Dear Students,

Last month, one of our students, an undergraduate at the Faculty of Engineering,  posted offensive remarks about Singaporeans online. He has since been counselled and has apologised unreservedly.

As the student had acted in a manner that was detrimental to the reputation and  welfare of the university community, his actions breached the NUS Code of Student  Conduct. A Board of Discipline was thus convened.

The Board of Discipline has ruled that his remarks were improper, insensitive and disrespectful to the community. The remarks had also stirred up considerable unease, distrust and ill-will within and beyond the university community.

After careful consideration, the Board of Discipline decided on the following penalties:

i. A community service obligation of 3 months, the details of which shall be made known to him in due course. Upon satisfactorily completing the community service obligation, he may be allowed to graduate, but no earlier than the end of Semester 1, AY2012/2013;

ii. A fine of $3,000;

iii. An official reprimand.

The Board of Discipline’s decision sends a clear and strong signal that the University does not condone such actions. At the same time, as the administrator of his scholarship, the University has separately conveyed to him that his undergraduate scholarship benefits have been terminated for the final semester as his behaviour was unbecoming of a scholarship holder. 

Beyond these decisions, it is hoped that the student will be able to learn important lessons from this incident and from the subsequent community service attachment. This incident is a regrettable one, but it serves to remind us of the conduct we collectively expect all members of this community to uphold. It provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the nature and tenor of dialogue and discussion which a respected and learned community should embrace, and reminds us that postings of offensive and disrespectful remarks on social media, forums and websites are inappropriate.

As a global university, we thrive best in an open and diverse environment in which people from all walks of life, as well as different communities and countries, can learn from one another, with mutual respect for each other. We are glad that the vast majority of the NUS community embraces this.

In particular, we look to our students, as responsible and rational young adults, to uphold our values as a learning community, and in the process, to make the University and your families proud.

Yours sincerely,

Prof Tan Eng Chye
Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost 

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NUS: Decision on Sun Xu sends a ‘strong’ signal that we do not ‘condone’ his actions

Posted by temasektimes on March 26, 2012

Despite the harsh rhetoric, the National University of Singapore (NUS) never intended to practice what it preached by expelling its ‘beloved’ MOE PRC scholar Sun Xu for breaching its own Code of Student Conduct.

In a circular issued to the NUS Community by the NUS Provost today, NUS admitted that Sun Xu had “acted in a manner that was detrimental to the reputation and welfare of the university community.”

“The Board of Discipline has ruled that his remarks were improper, insensitive and disrespectful to the community. The remarks had also stirred up considerable unease, distrust and ill-will within and beyond the university community.”

It added that after ‘careful consideration’, it has decided to impose a $3,000 fine on Sun Xu on top of a community service obligation for three months after which he may be allowed to graduate, but stopped short of expelling him from NUS as many has hoped for.

“The Board of Discipline’s decision sends a clear and strong signal that the University does not condone such actions…..As a global university, we thrive best in an open and diverse environment in which people from all walks of life, as well as different communities and countries, can learn from one another, with mutual respect for each other. We are glad that the vast majority of the NUS community embraces this.”

Unfortunately, the signal sent by NUS was neither clear or strong.

When a PRC student Wang Peng Fei posted self-made videos online making racist remarks about minorities in Singapore, he was immediately sacked by the East Institute of Management where he was a student.

Sun Xu’s case is even more serious than Wang Peng Fei as he is a recipient of a MOE scholarship which pays for all his tuition fees and living expenses since 2002 when he came from China to study in River Valley High School. Not only was he expressing contempt for the very people who have been supporting him, he did not show any appreciation or gratitude for what Singapore has given him so far.

Born to a wealthy and influential family in the affluent city of Suzhou, Jiangsu province, Sun Xu first came to Singapore in 2006 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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Breaking News: Sun Xu fined only $3,000 and reprimanded for posting offensive remarks about Singaporeans online

Posted by temasektimes on March 26, 2012

A disciplinary committee of National University Singapore (NUS) has found MOE PRC scholar Sun Xu guilty of breaching its Code of Conduct, but stop short of expelling him from the university, according to a circular we obtained from the Provost Office of NUS.

Instead, he was fined a mere $3,000 for posting offensive remarks about Singaporeans online. Sun Xu has also been ordered to perform 3 months’ of community service and ‘reprimanded’ for his actions which has brought NUS into disrepute.

A final year student in Mechanical Engineering, Sun Xu sparked a massive outcry a month ago with his now infamous remarks on there being ‘more dogs than humans in Singapore.’

The case received extensive coverage in both the mainstream and new media and put MOE’s long-standing policy of giving generous scholarships to foreigners under intense public scrutiny.

Though Sun Xu’s scholarship was given by MOE, it has refused to take any disciplinary action against him so far, leaving the decision entirely on the hapless disciplinary committee of NUS which has received much flak from the public over its handling of the matter so far.

In response to queries from the media, MOE said  it was not represented in the Board of Discipline and will “let the disciplinary process take its course”.

It reiterated that “the NUS scholarship administrators will take reference from the findings of the Board in deciding what action they will take with regard to Sun Xu”.

MOE also said Singapore universities “seek to cultivate a global mindset and strong cross-cultural skills” and that “it is important for all students to show mutual respect in their interactions with each other, and to exercise sensitivity when posting comments online.”

Since NUS did not expel Sun Xu, he will naturally be able to keep his MOE scholarship and graduate from NUS in a few weeks’ time, after which he will probably jet off from Singapore for good.

Born to a wealthy and influential family in the affluent city of Suzhou, Jiangsu province, Sun Xu first came to Singapore in 2006 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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Sun Xu No 2: PRC man says there are more ‘dogs’ than humans in Singapore and Singaporeans have no mothers

Posted by temasektimes on March 20, 2012

Barely one month has passed since NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu caused a near nationwide outrage with a dig at Singaporeans, another PRC man has followed his footsteps into infamy.

In a post on Weibo, “玩世不恭” ranted at Singaporeans for ‘looking down’ on mainland Chinese and repeated Sun Xu’s infamous remark on there ‘being more dogs than humans in Singapore.’

He also attacked Singapore for being a well-known ‘inferior product’ and described the standards of public hygiene in Singapore as being ‘deplorable’.

It is not known if “玩世不恭 is living in Singapore or China. In any case, his views do reflect the mentality of a certain proportion of mainland Chinese who continue to have a ‘superiority complex’ emanating from their ’5,000 years of civilization’ and despise Singaporeans as their ‘lesser brethren’.

As former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew once told Chinese supreme leader Deng Xiaoping:

“The ethnic Chinese in Singapore were descendants of illiterate coolies and farmers from southern Fujian. This had made them less able than the people of Hong Kong or Taiwan, whose ancestors were mainly businessman or technocrats.”

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Tay Ping Hui on Sun Xu’s ‘verdict’: NUS needs to reflect on what it really stands for

Posted by temasektimes on March 15, 2012

NUS alumni and MediaCorp actor Tay Ping Hui has expressed his disappointment at NUS’s unprecedented move to delay announcing the verdict on its ‘beloved’ PRC scholar Sun Xu during a disciplinary hearing this Tuesday.

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. By then, Sun Xu would probably have completed his final year exams successfully.

While private school East Asia Institute of Management sacked its PRC student Wang Peng Hui immediately after his video making racist jaunts at Singaporeans went viral online, NUS will only announce the decision one or two weeks later.

A final year student in Mechanical Engineering at NUS, Sun Xu sparked near nationwide outrage with his now infamous remark on ‘there being more dogs than humans in Singapore’ on his Chinese microblog Weibo.

In a tweet posted last night, Tay Ping Hui wrote:

“When an institution values a scholar’s grades over his honor, integrity and moral character, it needs to reflect on what it really stands for.”

[Source: Tay Ping Hui's twitter]

His views were shared by many netizens who accused NUS of ‘buying time’ for Sun Xu to graduate. In a poll conducted by The Temasek Times, more than 97 percent of some 930 respondents thought so.

Though Sun Xu’s scholarship was given by MOE, it has refused to take any disciplinary action against him so far, leaving the decision entirely on the hapless disciplinary committee of NUS which has received much flak from the public over its handling of the matter so far.

In response to queries from the media, MOE said  it was not represented in the Board of Discipline and will “let the disciplinary process take its course”.

It reiterated that “the NUS scholarship administrators will take reference from the findings of the Board in deciding what action they will take with regard to Sun Xu”.

MOE also said Singapore universities “seek to cultivate a global mindset and strong cross-cultural skills” and that “it is important for all students to show mutual respect in their interactions with each other, and to exercise sensitivity when posting comments online.”

Born to a wealthy and influential family in the affluent city of Suzhou, Jiangsu province, Sun Xu first came to Singapore in 2006 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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