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Tay Ping Hui criticizes PAP’s immigration policy: Unabated, imported population growth is like taking steroids

Posted by temasektimes on May 5, 2012

With the state media going into a propaganda overdrive to hardsell the PAP’s immigration policy to Singaporeans in the last two weeks, few dare to ‘sing a different tune’ to contradict the party’s directive except one brave soul.

MediaCorp artiste Tay Ping Hui may be wearing the white uniform of the PAP, but he often broke ranks with the party and does not mince his words when criticizing its policies.

In his latest tweet, Ping Hui wrote:

“Unabated,imported population growth is akin to using steroids.Great muscle gains, but d internal system overloads & damage is irreversible.”

[Source: #taypinghui]

He also appeared to take a swipe at a particular unnamed influential PAP leader:

“When nobody’s interested anymore, stop talking. Better 2 exit gracefully with dignity than to regress into mere noise by trying even harder.”

Ping Hui has just been awarded the ‘Best Actor’ for his performance in the drama ‘Bountiful Blessings’ at the recent Star Awards.

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Tay Ping Hui defends Singaporeans: We are not asking for ‘doors’ to be closed entirely

Posted by temasektimes on April 7, 2012

MediaCorp celebrity and Young PAP member Tay Ping Hui has spoken up again on the behalf of Singaporeans against the uncontrolled influx of foreigners into Singapore.

Despite the rising concerns among Singaporeans that they will soon be ‘squeezed out’ by the newcomers, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman insisted that Singapore must remain ‘OPEN’ to ‘foreign talents’ or risked having their competitiveness decreased as foreigners help create jobs for Singaporeans.

However, Ping Hui felt it is important to know who actually get the jobs. In a post on his Twitter, he wrote:

“When talking about job creation, It is not just about how many jobs r created. It is about what kind of jobs & who actually get those jobs.”

He also expressed a sentiment felt by many Singaporeans:

“Singaporeans r not asking to closed doors entirely. They r asking for d doors be opened only to those who truly deserve to enter our home.”

[Source: #taypinghui]

With the lines between Singaporeans and foreigners getting increasingly blurred, it is now difficult to judge who truly deserve to be allowed to enter Singapore.

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Goh Meng Seng now proposes PAP field Tay Ping Hui in Hougang by-election

Posted by temasektimes on March 22, 2012

Despite receiving numerous brickbats from netizens for his feeble attempts to create discord within the opposition camp by mooting the possibility of the National Solidarity Party (NSP) sending its star candidate Nicole Seah to contest in Hougang by-election which eventually forced Nicole to issue a public statement denying she would do so, beleaguered former WP and NSP leader Goh Meng Seng continues to take potshots at the Workers Party on his personal blog.

In his latest post written yesterday, Mr Goh proposes that the PAP send MediaCorp celebrity Tay Ping Hui who was applauded by many netizens lately for speaking out against NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu to contest in Hougang.

“Since this is the battle of personal branding, if PAP is smart enough, it may send TV celebrity to contest. Don’t underestimate the impact of this celebrity effect, it could well become PAP’s the most effective weapon! TV celebrity Tay Ping Hui is a well known PAP member and he has all along shown vast interests in contesting in elections.”

He took a swipe at WP’s likely candidate in Hougang, Png Eng Huat, saying that he would be totally ‘marginalized’ if he contests against Nicole Seah and Tay Ping Hui:

“If PAP send him to contest, this by-election would be very interesting to watch. Imagine, Nicole Seah, Tay Ping Hui and Png Eng Huat…. I believe in the end, Png Eng Huat will be totally marginalized while the by-election turns into the show down between the TV celebrity and the political rising star!”

In an interview with a Chinese tabloid two days ago, NSP Secretary-General Hazel Poa revealed that Mr Goh is no longer a NSP member, meaning that he is making the comments in his personal capacity as the ‘resident commentator’ of the Sammyboy Forum (not the porn site)

Meanwhile, angry and irate netizens continue to lampoon Mr Goh in cyberspace with many condemning him as a ‘PAP stooge’ out to destroy the Workers Party.

Some responses from netizens on Facebook:

“Goh Meng seng now sounds like a political terrorist more than a politician . So what can he get out this ? Is he so full of confidence that he will at least even get 20 % of his votes ? Good luck GMS , you’ll need it if you go in .” – Yeo Seng Leng

“When a persons starts to blabber nonsense, you can be sure it’s the initial sign of senile deterioration” – Ivan Pei En

“‎*sigh* Hwa Chong & NUS, sounds like a PAP guy, worse, a PAP reject. LOLIn all honestly, being vindictive serves no purpose except to further a personal agenda.” – Kelly Koh

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Tay Ping Hui disappointed with S R Nathan’s comment that there is no Singaporean culture

Posted by temasektimes on March 19, 2012

MediaCorp actor Tay Ping Hui has expressed his disappointment with former Singapore President S R Nathan’s comment that there is no ‘Singaporean culture.’

Speaking at a Social Sciences Conference at the Singapore Management University, Mr Nathan said “Singapore will take a generation before it can build a Singaporean culture.”

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

“It is truly a sad day for Singaporeans. After 12 yrs in office, the ex- President can say that he does not think there is a SG culture.”

[Source: Tay Ping Hui’s twitter]

Mr Nathan is the longest-serving Elected President in the history of Singapore. Though he has relinquished his position, he is still widely respected by Singaporeans and has been gracing public events and giving talks at conferences.

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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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Tay Ping Hui: Voices of people need to be heeded on 13 March where Sun Xu’s fate will be decided

Posted by temasektimes on March 12, 2012

With NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu due to attend a disciplinary hearing tomorrow, Young PAP member and MediaCorp actor Tay Ping Hui has implored the authorities to heed the voices of the people.

MOE and NUS have been dragging their feet over Sun Xu’s case in the hope that Singaporeans will forget about the incident by now, one month after Sun Xu posted a derogatory comment about Singaporeans on his Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo on 18 February this year.

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

“Let us not forget that 13th March is coming. Why significant? Because the peoples’ voices need to be heeded.”

[Source: Tay Ping Hui’s twitter]

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 Tay Ping Hui who openly called him an ‘impertinent ingrate’.

Despite keeping a low profile in the last few weeks, Singaporeans remain fixated on the saga with some netizens predicting Sun Xu’s eventual fate today even before the disciplinary hearing is convened.

Though the majority of netizens want Sun Xu’s scholarship to be revoked and NUS to expel, few believe NUS will do so with many predicting that he will be let off with simply a ‘stern warning’ which will have no impact on his scholarship.

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.”

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$174,00 per scholar.

Read all articles about Sun Xu here

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Tay Ping Hui publicly calls for NUS to show ‘true leadership’ and expel PRC scholar Sun Xu

Posted by temasektimes on February 29, 2012

MediaCorp actor and Young PAP member Tay Ping Hui has openly called for the expulsion of embattled NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu from NUS for breaching its code of conduct for students.

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’ two Saturdays ago, prompting many to call for his scholarship to be revoked.

Unlike some PAP MP who tried ways and means to exonerate Sun Xu from public opprobrium, Tay Ping Hui was one of the few public figures to step forward to condemn him, calling him an ‘impertinent ingrate’.

In his latest tweet on the matter, Tay Ping Hui called on the Ministry of Education (MOE) and NUS to show ‘true leadership’ by taking stern action against Sun Xu:

[Source: Tay Ping Hui’s twitter]

 

Unfortunately, it appears that both MOE and NUS are now taking turns to ‘tai-chi’ the ‘hot potato’ to each other in order to escape public scrutiny and wrath.

When two Singaporean students were caught kissing publicly in school, they were expelled immediately from their junior college by MOE. However in this case, MOE prefers to wait for NUS to ‘investigate’ first.

MOE has earlier said 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 week later, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat passed the baton to NUS completely, saying in an interview with Lianhe Zaobao that NUS should investigate the matter and takes disciplinary action against Sun Xu if he was found to have flouted NUS’s code of conduct for its student though it is the administrator of Sun’s scholarship.

Though Schlumberger has stopped Sun Xu from visiting the company, one NUS engineering student told us that the move is merely ‘symbolic’ as he has already completed his Final Year Project.

Sun Xu is expected to attend a disciplinary hearing on 13 March 2012 where his fate will be decided. 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$174,00 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.

Read all articles about Sun Xu here

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Tay Ping Hui on why he spoke out against Sun Xu: Because it’s about Singaporeans

Posted by temasektimes on February 23, 2012

MediaCorp actor and Young PAP member Tay Ping Hui won praises from many Singaporeans lately for speaking out against NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu on his Twitter.

A final year student in Mechanical Engineering at the National University of Singapore, Sun sparked a massive outcry among Singaporeans with his offensive remarks on there “being more dogs than humans in Singapore.”

In response to Sun’s insensitive remarks, Mr Tay slammed him in a tweet, calling him an “impertinent ingrate” which made him an instant hero in the eyes of long-suffering Singaporeans yearning for somebody to step forward to speak up for them.

Mr Tay’s comments were widely reported in the mainstream media and it appeared to be well received by ordinary Singaporeans, one of whom approached him to thank him for doing so.

In a tweet posted at 7pm today, Mr Tay wrote:

“To the stranger who thanked me for standing up and speaking out, you are most welcomed. I had to, you see, because it is not about me, it’s about Singaporeans.”

Mr Tay’s robust response to protect Singaporeans contrasted that of his party comrade and MP Baey Yam Keng who tried to find all kinds of lame excuses to defend Sun, such as obfuscating his infamous remark on the ‘dogs’ to suggest that he might mean something else:

“Even his comment about the dogs – it might not literally mean that, it might mean something else, even though it is definitely not something positive.”

To add salt to the wound, Mr Baey even asked Singaporeans to reflect on their own behavior:

“We should take this opportunity to reflect upon ourselves…..take criticisms openly and learn from what others say about us.”

Tay Ping Hui was initially considered as a possible PAP candidate in the General Election last year, but he was not fielded in the end and it might have something to do with his ever willingness to speak up for Singaporeans even when it is not politically correct to do so.

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‘Why are you visiting us dogs?’ – netizen asked Baey Yam Keng

Baey Yam Keng asks Singaporeans to reflect on the comments of foreigners

NUS Provost: I have counselled Sun Xu

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Alex Tan lodged police report against NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu for alleged threat

NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu hurls vulgarities at Singaporeans

NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu remains unrepentant: I am only complaining

Netizen filed complaint to NUS against PRC scholar’s offensive remarks about Singaporeans

‘More dogs than humans in Singapore’ – NUS PRC student’s comments spark outcry

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Celebrity Tay Ping Hui scolds NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu: You are an impertinent ingrate!

Posted by temasektimes on February 21, 2012

While NUS continues to act blur on its PRC scholar Sun Xu’s insensitive remarks made on his microblog ‘Weibo’, more and more Singaporeans are stepping forward to condemn him, including Young PAP member and celebrity Tay Ping Hui.

A final year student in Mechanical Engineering at the National University of Singapore, Sun sparked a massive outcry among Singaporeans with his offensive remarks on there “being more dogs than humans in Singapore.”

When asked about the controversy by a Chinese tabloid, Sun replied nonchalantly without offering a public apology or showing any signs of remorse:

“I am only complaining. It is just a small matter and I do not want to blow it up. Anyway, I have already deleted the comment.”

In his tweet this morning, Tay Ping Hui wrote:

“I take offence when an impertinent ingrate educated by SG taxes can turn around and call Singaporeans dogs.”

According to information posted on his linkedin account before it was taken down, Sun Xu came to study in Singapore in 2006 on a MOE scholarship for students from China.

After graduating from Raffles Junior College in 2008, he went on to study Mechanical Engineering at NUS, also on an undergraduate scholarship provided for by the Singapore government. He is currently on attachment at Schlumberger, an international oilfield services company and is expected to graduate this year.

During a parliamentary session this week, it was revealed 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.

 

Related articles:

NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu remains unrepentant: I am only complaining

Netizen filed complaint to NUS against PRC scholar’s offensive remarks about Singaporeans

‘More dogs than humans in Singapore’ – NUS PRC student’s comments spark outcry

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