NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu makes the headlines in Hong Kong as Hong Kong netizens express ‘solidarity’ with Singaporeans
Posted by temasektimes on February 28, 2012
A final year student in Mechanical Engineering at the National University of Singapore, Sun sparked a near nationwide outcry among Singaporeans with his offensive remarks on there “being more dogs than humans in Singapore.” on his microblog ‘Weibo’ two Saturdays ago.
Apple Daily used the saga to draw comparison with Hong Kongers’ earlier outcry against a remark by Beijing Professor Kong that they are ‘running dogs’ of the British, prompting angry Hong Kongers to put up a full-page advertisement denouncing the mainland Chinese as ‘locusts’.
Oriental Daily quoted an anonymous political analyst as saying that the outburst by Singaporeans against Sun Xu’s remarks is a result of ‘years of pent-up frustrations at the government’s immigration and education policies as well as the recent influx of large numbers of immigrants from mainland China which makes such conflicts inevitable.’
As one blogger noted wryly:
“Sun Xu has become the unwitting scapegoat for the government’s pro-foreigner education policies. Singaporeans are baying for his blood now not because they have anything personal against him, but that they are extremely unhappy with the current policy of giving scholarships to foreigners, many of whom are actually pretty well to do.”
The Temasek Times’ exclusive coverage of the Sun Xu saga has also been well received in Hong Kong with many Hong Kong netizens expressing their ‘solidarity’ with Singaporeans.
One Hong Kong netizen wrote on the popular Hong Kong forum goldenhk.com:
“Singaporeans use simple Chinese script and can speak Mandarin and as such, PRC students who studied in Singapore should have an easier time adapting compared to Hong Kong or Taiwan. Yet, they are still able to cause people to hate them, really have to salute our mainland friends.”
Another netizen added:
“Singapore finally experience what Hong Kong has gone through. Singapore is better than Hong Kong as it is separated from China by the South China Sea and is an independent country with backbone.”
(新加坡終於都感受到香港既苦況了. 新加坡比香港好, 隔了成個南中國海 + 獨立主權國家 . 有腰骨, 有膊頭)
Hong Kongers may not have an accurate picture of what is happening in Singapore right now – it is much easier for a mainland Chinese to study, work and live in Singapore than in Hong Kong or Taiwan.
In Hong Kong, very few mainland Chinese can obtain Hong Kong PR even after living there for several years. However in Singapore, there is no minimum period of residency before a prospective immigrant is qualified to apply for PR leading to many Chinese bus drivers, construction workers, hawkers, masseurs and even freelance prostitutes getting Singapore PR and citizenship.
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