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.
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