NUS Provost: I have ‘counselled’ our (beloved) PRC scholar Sun Xu
Posted by temasektimes on February 22, 2012
Despite receiving numerous complaints from Singaporeans, the National University of Singapore (NUS) has adamantly refused to take concrete disciplinary action against its beleaguered (or beloved?) PRC scholar Sun Xu for calling Singaporeans ‘dogs’ and other vulgarities which has triggered a public backlash in the last few days.
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, 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.
Speaking to queries from the media, NUS Provost Professor Tan Eng Chye said he has met with Sun Xu and ‘counselled’ him. He admitted that Sun had acted in a manner in breach of NUS’s code of student conduct and that a board of discipline will be convened to look into the matter without giving a specific timeline.
“All NUS students are expected to behave in a manner that is respectful of the community they live in,” he said without condemning Sun’s behavior.
NUS’s tepid response to the fiasco is completely out of sync with public sentiments on the ground which has reached a boiling point over the apparently preferential treatment given to foreigners by the authorities, leading to some netizens to call for the NUS alumni to stop their donations to NUS.
misskaypoh posted on Hardwarezone forum:
“As a protest, my bro has stopped donating to NUS. He told the sch that he doesn’t want any foreigners to benefit from his donation. He’ll rather donate to organisations that help needy Singaporeans.”
“NUS is taking a stand of ‘say say and’ things will blow over eventually.. since nobody will do anything to them..we should take a stand and stop all donations as a show of our anger..”
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.