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Baey Yam Keng defends NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu: His comment about dogs ‘might mean something else’

Posted by temasektimes on February 22, 2012

Instead of standing on the side of Singaporeans and speaking up for them when they are bullied by foreigners like what his party comrade Tay Hui Ping did, PAP MP for Tampines Baey Yam Keng continues to defend NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu in whatever ways possible.

Mr Baey has posted a transcript of his phone interview with an English tabloid on his Facebook to defend his stance after coming under heavy fire from netizens for his earlier remarks asking Singaporeans to ‘reflect’ upon themselves.

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” 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’ used as a vulgarity in Singapore. However Mr Baey does not think otherwise and cast doubts on the ability of Singaporeans to understand slangs commonly used in mainland China.

“….he didn’t specifically mention Singaporeans, he just said “in Singapore”. He didn’t mention Singaporeans per se; it could have been an unpleasant experience which he had,” Mr Baey said in his phone interview, trying desperately hard to exonerate Sun Xu from blame.

He added that the vulgarities used by Sun Xu on Singaporeans are merely ‘colloquial’:

“….the slang and the things he used is very Shanghainese. I think it’s quite colloquial, likewise I think there are some young-speak which I don’t understand. “

Mr Baey even tried to obfuscate Sun’s 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.”

As Mr Baey did not explain further, it is not known what other meaning the term ‘dog’ can be.

Mr Baey ended the interview calling on Singaporeans again to reflect upon themselves:

“We should take this opportunity to reflect upon ourselves, but we should (also) be confident of ourselves. Even though some of us are like that, majority of Singaporeans are gracious, there are good people in Singapore.”

Soo Zi Yi shot back almost immediately:

“Even Though Some of US Are Like That”, are you implying that SOME OF US SINGAPOREANS in SINGAPORE are DOGS?

When we last check, Mr Baey is a Member of Parliament for the Republic of Singapore, not the People’s Republic of China. Perhaps, the government should consider starting free language classes for all Singaporeans to learn the ‘slangs’ of mainland China to prevent such ‘misunderstandings’ from arising again in the future.

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8 Responses to “Baey Yam Keng defends NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu: His comment about dogs ‘might mean something else’”

  1. David ang said

    Make mistake get punish is just fair…so sent him home…I am sure China president will agree with our decision.

  2. Noelle said

    the problem is did sun apologize when he bumped into that uncle. if he didn’t, that justifies the staring from the uncle.

    now who is calling the kettle black?

    should sun reflect on his behavior instead?

  3. Cindy said

    Baey Yam Keng wants us to reflect on comment by foreigner. Can we on the other way round, scold them and ask them to reflect on our comment on them. He is an adult and he should to hold responsible and accountable of his speech and behaviour. Dog that bite the hand that feeds them, should be put to sleep!

  4. stevenado said

    Baey Yam Keng should stay in china for sometimes.He will realise that there are many kind of dogs there.Tell the dogs there to reflect themselve.Maybe he should tell the chinaman, since you don’t like dongs here, please go back.Come back only if you know how to use bettter words

  5. Anonymous said

    Many of the MPs and Minister have no sense of country or nationality. The sad thing is 60% don’t care, as long as they get a few dollars.

  6. John said

    Petition for NUS to revoke Sun’s scholarship now. Invite your friends: http://www.facebook.com/pages/NUS-should-revoke-Xun-Sus-scholarship/315663158483423

  7. Henry Low said

    There are better deserving and grateful foreign students waiting out there.
    This should be a test case, for the Government to look into the type of students we give these grants to.

    In the case of Sun Xu, the bigger picture is that he should not make such comments as he is a student here by the grace of our citizens and government.

    If a local student were given the same opportunity as Sun Xu and that student were to say such comments of his fellow citizens, what will be the consequence?

    So the NUS disciplinary board should seriously consider on the impact such careless statements, that can rile up the ire of citizens in their countries, when they make these statements through the social Media Networks.

    A Chinese Singaporean born in the year of the ‘Dog’

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