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Cherian George speaks to BBC on Sun Xu saga: Real ‘target’ of Singaporeans is the government

Posted by temasektimes on February 25, 2012

Singaporeans are not against immigrants and the real target of their vibes is the government, said Professor in NTU School of Mass Communication Cherian George in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

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, prompting some to call for his scholarship to be revoked.

Mr George felt the reaction from Singaporeans may not be so harsh if the student making the remarks came from elsewhere like Mongolia.

“As there are many new immigrants from China and some Singaporeans also encounter Chinese immigrants who despise them, hence they feel offended by the remarks made by this student,” he said.

However, Mr George argued that netizens are not against the Chinese immigrants, but the immigration policies of the Singapore government:

“People felt some government’s policies are biased towards foreigners and neglected citizens which explain more voices coming from the internet calling on the government to better protect the rights of Singaporeans.”

Read the entire BBC article in Chinese here.



5 Responses to “Cherian George speaks to BBC on Sun Xu saga: Real ‘target’ of Singaporeans is the government”

  1. MASSU said

    This is inaccurate. Singaporeans’ real target is not that much of immigrants or the government but the Mainlander.

    It’s some of their cruelty towards animals, some of their corrupted minds that tainted foods, some of their obnoxious loud characteristic, some of their accusation that some else are dogs when they themselves who inherited dog meat & their densely-populated number that deprives us of much more space & opportunities. Yes, it’s some.

    But, in the context of China, that’s M I L L I O N S.

  2. Juinn said

    It is both. We are infuriated as Singaporeans who paid taxes for this scholar who has everything paid, a cushy life, no obligations for National Service, jobs lined up for him, and who can leave anytime there are greener pastures – but yet use such degratory comments on us, particularly on our older generation who sacrificed much for what we have today, as if back home the general public is much more civil.

    This leads us to be, once again, reminded squarely of how monies are poured into foreign ‘potential talents’ and other immigration policies, instead of say increasing the allowances of families and needy on social welfare by just a couple of hundreds (remember that huge debate in parliament between two of our MPs?) or improving subsidised healthcare or giving more support to our special needs children. Hence the target of the vibes is AT THE SAME TIME also turned to the government.

  3. ANTO said

    Insulted by our own citizen in high places is more disgusting!

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