Tay Ping Hui publicly calls for NUS to show ‘true leadership’ and expel PRC scholar Sun Xu
Posted by temasektimes on February 29, 2012
MediaCorp actor and Young PAP member Tay Ping Hui has openly called for the expulsion of embattled NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu from NUS for breaching its code of conduct for students.
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, prompting many to call for his scholarship to be revoked.
Unlike some PAP MP who tried ways and means to exonerate Sun Xu from public opprobrium, Tay Ping Hui was one of the few public figures to step forward to condemn him, calling him an ‘impertinent ingrate’.
In his latest tweet on the matter, Tay Ping Hui called on the Ministry of Education (MOE) and NUS to show ‘true leadership’ by taking stern action against Sun Xu:
[Source: Tay Ping Hui’s twitter]
Unfortunately, it appears that both MOE and NUS are now taking turns to ‘tai-chi’ the ‘hot potato’ to each other in order to escape public scrutiny and wrath.
When two Singaporean students were caught kissing publicly in school, they were expelled immediately from their junior college by MOE. However in this case, MOE prefers to wait for NUS to ‘investigate’ first.
MOE has earlier said its scholarship administrators will “take reference from findings of disciplinary proceedings by the National University of Singapore (NUS), where Mr Sun is studying, before recommending what action to take.”
A week later, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat passed the baton to NUS completely, saying in an interview with Lianhe Zaobao that NUS should investigate the matter and takes disciplinary action against Sun Xu if he was found to have flouted NUS’s code of conduct for its student though it is the administrator of Sun’s scholarship.
Though Schlumberger has stopped Sun Xu from visiting the company, one NUS engineering student told us that the move is merely ‘symbolic’ as he has already completed his Final Year Project.
Sun Xu is expected to attend a disciplinary hearing on 13 March 2012 where his fate will be decided. Born to a wealthy and influential family in the affluent city of Suzhou, Jiangsu province, Sun Xu first came to Singapore in 2006 on a MOE scholarship to study in River Valley High School after which he went on to study at Raffles Junior College and NUS where he majored in Mechanical Engineering.
Unlike other students born in Singapore, Sun Xu did not have to pay a SINGLE CENT for his education in Singapore from secondary school all the way to university.
Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education & Ministry of Law Ms Sim Ann revealed recently in Parliament that the Singapore government spends some $36 million dollars on scholarships to over two thousand foreign 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.
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