Did PAP MP Baey Yam Keng really urge Singaporeans to reflect on Sun Xu’s comment (that we are ‘dogs’)?
Posted by temasektimes on February 22, 2012
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.
Sun’s arrogance and callousness sparked a massive outcry among Singaporeans with MediaCorp actor Tay Ping Hui calling him an ‘impertinent ingrate’ on his Twitter. He is reportedly under police investigation for allegedly ‘criminally intimidating’ a Singaporean on his microblog.
Instead of condemning him, Mr Baey tried to downplay the bitter episode.
In an interview with an English tabloid, Mr Baey said Singaporeans have to accept that, within every community, there will be some who will tarnish the reputation of their peers.
“We (also) need to reflect, are we the way they described?” he added.
Mr Baey also warned Singaporeans against ‘jumping to the conclusion that all foreign students are like that,” as there are Singaporean scholars who were caught for behaving in an ‘inappropriate’ manner in the past as well.
It is not known if Mr Baey’s words were ‘quoted out of context’ as many netizens have interpreted it that they were asked to reflect if they are ‘dogs’ as described by Sun Xu.
‘LitigiousLionel’ posted on Hardwarezone forum:
“seriously he said that? asking us to consider if we are really dogs?”
“totally disgusted by what he said we should reflect, at least in this most recent case; so am i supposed to reflect if i am a dog??”
In the meantime, Mr Baey’s Facebook has been inundated with ‘feedback’ from angry netizens, prompting him to issue a statement acknowledging that it is indeed ‘rude and degrading to call people dogs.’