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NUS engineering student: Schlumberger’s move to ‘discontinue’ its connections with Sun Xu is only ‘symbolic’

Posted by temasektimes on February 29, 2012

Schlumberger’s move to ‘discontinue’ its connections with NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu is only ‘symbolic’ as he has probably completed his mandatory Final Year Project, said a NUS engineering student.

The External Relations Office of the Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore has contacted us earlier clarifying that Schlumberger has terminated all connections with NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu:

“The Faculty of Engineering wishes to clarify that Mr Sun Xu is not an intern with Schlumberger. Mr Sun’s final-year project involved a few visits to the company for discussions with engineers there.  Schlumberger has since advised Mr Sun and the Faculty of Engineering at the National University of Singapore that these interactions  be discontinued.”

NUS has also clarified that Sun Xu is not on any internship at the moment. It is not known if Schlumberger terminated Sun’s visits after receiving numerous complaints from netizens about him.

According to our source, Sun Xu has been visiting engineers at Schlumberger to seek their advice and assistance in his Final Year Project which contributes to the final grade and most students should have completed their projects by now. One of Sun Xu’s supervisor for his FYP is Varun Nyayadhish from Schlumberger:

All work NUS Mechanical Engineering’s FYP 2011/2012 must be completed on 9 March, just 4 days before Sun Xu’s disciplinary hearing on 13 March 2012. (Source: NUS MEng)

“The FYP is a team effort and Sun Xu is only a team member. The input of Schlumberger’s engineers maybe useful, but definitely not critical to his project’s completion,” he noted.

In all likelihood, Schlumberger was probably forced issued the clarification to NUS after receiving numerous complaints from netizens about Sun Xu and the move will not have any detrimental effect on Sun Xu’s studies or his career in the future.

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Breaking News: Schlumberger has severed all ties with NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu!

Posted by temasektimes on February 27, 2012

The Temasek Times has received an email from the External Relations Office of the Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore clarifying that Schlumberger has terminated all connections with NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu:

“The Faculty of Engineering wishes to clarify that Mr Sun Xu is not an intern with Schlumberger. Mr Sun’s final-year project involved a few visits to the company for discussions with engineers there.  Schlumberger has since advised Mr Sun and the Faculty of Engineering at the National University of Singapore that these interactions  be discontinued.”

NUS has also clarified that Sun Xu is not on any internship at the moment. It is not known if Schlumberger terminated Sun’s visits after receiving numerous complaints from netizens about him.

According to Sun Xu’s linkedin account before it was taken down, he is currently on ‘attachment’ at Schlumberger as a ‘project supervisee.’ It also documented clearly Sun Xu’s ‘involvement’ in several projects of Schlumberger thereby giving an erroneous impression that he was its intern. However, with Schlumberger now stopping Sun Xu from visiting the company, he may not be able to complete his Final Year Project which final year engineering students at NUS must pass in order to graduate.

A final year student in Mechanical Engineering at the National University of Singapore, Sun sparked a near nationwide 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’ commonly used as a vulgarity in Singapore to refer to the female sexual organ.

Sun Xu will be attending a disciplinary hearing convened by NUS on 13 March where his fate will be decided. Education Minister Heng Swee Keat had earlier said the onus is on NUS to “investigate the matter and to take disciplinary action against Sun Xu if he was found to have flouted NUS’s code of conduct for its student.”

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 students each year, or about S$174,00 per scholar.

Foreign scholars like Sun Xu at NUS and other Singapore universities have their tuition fees and living expenses all covered by their scholarships. They are also guaranteed a well-paying job upon graduation as part of their bond and the men are exempted from National Service unlike male Singapore citizens who are burdened with a hefty tuition loan and rendered uncompetitive in the job market by their mandatory reservist obligations such as IPPT and in-camp training.

Clarification:

We apologize to NUS and Schlumberger for the misrepresentation and would like to urge netizens to stop writing to Schlumberger to complain about Sun Xu as it has since severed all ties with him.

>> NEXT: We will be publishing more views of the Sun Xu debacle from our readers tomorrow. Please feel free to share your thoughts with us by emailing us at temasektimes@yahoo.com. Stay tuned to The Temasek Times, the fastest growing socio-political news site in Singapore! We make the news and set the agenda like no other news sites!


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NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu to earn more than $10,000 monthly at Schlumberger upon graduation?

Posted by temasektimes on February 25, 2012

NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu, who is currently on attachment at a German oilfield services company Schlumberger, is likely to earn more than $10,000 monthly if he joins the company upon graduation, according to an insider who hails from the same industry.

“I am from the industry and know that after his attachment, he would probably get a job with them as an engineer or similar, and would make at least in the low 5-figures for a start,” Ian Cornelius Lai wrote on Facebook.

Another engineer told us that Sun will earn much more if he works offshore as MNCs are usually quite generous with their bonuses and living allowances. On average, Sun can expect to earn about $200,000 – $400,000 yearly depending on his performance.

German MNCs are especially generous and treat its employees well. Ask those in the industry and they will tell you it is very difficult to get into Schlumberger. Sun Xu probably got the ‘lobang’ because he is a NUS scholar and is on the Dean’s List,” he added.

According to its official website:

“Schlumberger Limited is the world’s leading oilfield services company supplying technology, information solutions and integrated project management that optimize reservoir performance for customers working in the oil and gas industry.”

Sun appears to be interested to work in Schlumberger as he noted specifically on his linkedin account before it was taken down that he speaks German and loves German culture.

The Schlumberger Code of Ethics includes “discussion of personal use of social networking and third-party web sites” as well as “respect of immigration laws.”

It is not known how Schlumberger will react to the controversy stirred by Sun when he hurled insults at Singaporeans on his microblog ‘Weibo’, describing them as ‘dogs’, ‘gangsters’ and ‘CCBs,’ a Hokkien vulgarity commonly used in Singapore to describe the female sexual organ.

Despite the public outcry, NUS has adamantly refused to take concrete disciplinary actions against Sun except putting up a ‘wayang’ to arrange a ‘counselling session’ for him with its Provost Prof Tan Eng Chye.

Under Section 2 of the NUS code of conduct for its students, Sun Xu will be found guilty of “discrimination of nationalities arising from statements, actions as well as from informal or personal statements or conduct” which warrants an expulsion.

It is not known why NUS has been dragging its feet over Sun Xu. There were rumors circulating online that Sun’s father is a senior official from the provincial Communist Party of Suzhou.

While two Singaporean students were expelled immediately from a junior college for kissing publicly in school, MOE continues to drag its feet over Sun’s case by waiting for the ‘findings’ of NUS’s disciplinary committee which is likely to be ‘pending’ till Sun graduates and jets off to enjoy a new lease of life in Germany.

Not only need Sun Xu not pay a single cent for his tuition fees, he is also given a generous housing and living allowance monthly as well as a pair of air tickets to return to his hometown of Suzhou yearly, all thanks to the generosity of Singapore taxpayers (or dogs?)

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