Sun Xu to attend NUS disciplinary hearing on 13 March as PRC students rally to support him
Posted by temasektimes on February 27, 2012
Beleaguered NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu will be attending a NUS disciplinary hearing on 13 March where his fate is likely to be decided.
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.
Sun Xu is also currently under police investigation for ‘intentional harassment’ after a Singaporean lodged a police report against him.
While most Singaporeans, perhaps with the exception of PAP MP Baey Yam Keng are furious with Sun Xu, his PRC friends in NUS are reportedly rallying around him to offer support as illustrated in the immediate response from them on his Facebook:
One felt the matter shouldn’t be so ‘serious’ while another expressed support to Sun Xu.
According to some unverified rumors circulating on Hardwarezone forum, Sun Xu comes from a wealthy and influential family in Suzhou where his father is reportedly a senior official from the provincial Communist Party.
While two Singapore students were sacked immediately by the Ministry of Education after kissing publicly in their junior college, NUS may have to give more consideration to Sun’s case as he is a PRC scholar, judging from its tepid response so far after its Provost Professor Tan Eng Chye met up with and ‘counselled’ him.
With NUS fast becoming a second-rate ‘National University’ of China, Singaporeans should not expect anything from its ‘wayang’ disciplinary hearing for Sun Xu other than the usual ‘stern rebuke’ to allay the growing public anger.