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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.

Read all articles about Sun Xu here

44 Responses to “Tay Ping Hui publicly calls for NUS to show ‘true leadership’ and expel PRC scholar Sun Xu”

  1. bobby said

    very strange…all he said is on public records….publicly recorded….what is there to investigate…..just sack him and demand the return of the Taxpayers’ money and then send him back to China.

    • Alfchua said

      sacking him won’t be a problem. I think both party tai-chi to each other because they worry that sun xu will never refund the $. n who will answer for it!

  2. Danny Yong said

    I believe both MOE and NUS will not give way due to Sun Xu back ground “Born to a wealthy and influential family in the affluent city of Suzhou, Jiangsu province,” That is not our government way of handling problem. Dignity of Singaporean is most important of all.

  3. alan soh said

    wealthy and still got scholarship.. eff

  4. Ms X said

    Well done Ping Hui..Thank you for speaking, you should run for PM!

  5. Lishen said

    To err is human, to forgive is divine. Give this young man a chance.

    • Ixnay said

      Why weren’t our Singaporean JC students weren’t given a chance when they fooled around by kissing each other then?

    • K said

      And every other person will make an insult and expect to be forgiven. By not imprisoning him for inciting hate and violence, I believe we have already given him that chance. To not expel him and revoke his scholarship, we will only set a precedence – that one can insult and apologize lamely to get away with it. He’s an adult, and should have thought through carefully before posting such comments online.

    • LaLiLuLeLo said

      “When two Singaporean students were caught kissing publicly in school, they were expelled immediately from their junior college by MOE.”
      Who gave them a chance? and further more he’s no longer young. An adult to be exact.

    • Glen said

      If he is repentant, we may consider giving him a chance. But is he?

    • TOP said

      dafaq. come let me verbal abuse you before forgiving me because “to err is human”.

    • Fugive is divine. said

      If someone rape one of your family members, to err is human. Weakness in flesh mah.

    • jiongyang said

      Give the tax payers’ money a chance … Give our poor a chance….

  6. magaret said

    Well done Ping Hui. You are our hero…:)

  7. Kenneth said

    tay ping hui can be the next “arnold schwarzenegger”.

  8. iteo said

    Give this young man a chance, let him go back to where he is from.

  9. Wasting Time said

    Please provide proofs for your claims about his background. Too many of your articles make sweeping generalisations or assumptions without backing of any rigorous substantiation.

    Mod’s note:

    Go and read a thread in Hardwarezone where a NUS student spilled the beans on Sun Xu. Even the source’s Matriculation number is quoted.

  10. keep low class PRCs out! said

    If NUS and the government withstands this type of foreign trash who comes barking madly and roams free in our country and schools, then the rest of the world will only think how lowly is this type of government who handles lowly class people from PRC and does nothing to them. Is just as someone who cause an accident and says he didnt do it and gets scott free..how low is that?

  11. TK said

    Our country is small can’t do much, can only ask moe to be prudent when giving scholarships, there r bounced to have a fraction of rotten apples, leave it to his future employers to take care of him if he is still arrogant.

  12. Eddy said

    That so called sun xu dog is a waste of our resources. Chase him outta singapore before we do.

  13. Tan said

    Apparently, it seems to MOE (and whatever else related to them) that 2 Singaporean students kissing in public calls for expulsion but a foreigner who has done nothing but use our taxpayer’s money and insult all other Singaporeans needs ‘investigation’. Why are foreigners always given so many benefits which aren’t extended to native Singaporeans?

  14. where’s the like button???
    Like, like, like!

  15. Lincoln Chua said

    To some extent, Sun Xu have rights to his own views, whether we like it or not, he would be better off not going public with his view in hindsight. We Singaporeans would agree that, since we aren’t exactly as competitive as these PRC (or other nationalities) whom are on scholarship, we shld not just complaint because we are not selected for scholarships ourselves. Condemning them just exemplifies that we are not gracious enough to admit we (NUS and MOE) have made a mistake when granting Sun’s scholarship.

    Perhaps it just shows that most of our “leadership team” in MOE and NUS aren’t exacting their roles properly. Instead of just solely concentrating on condemning Sun, perhaps we shld look at what our hiring strategies are like for MOE and NUS (and certainly other impt areas in education), and demand that scholarships are granted to critically vetted candidates, that they would, in the long run, prove to be good investment for Singapore.

    On the point on kissing of the 2 JC students, I think its strange that MOE chose to act in that manner. In USA, kissing would be a norm even in campus. It’s not like they have making out in the classroom. That’s a knee-jerk reaction. \

  16. Justice Bao said

    Maybe Tay Peng Hui is just upset he hasn’t been able to penetrate his acting career in the lucrative China market ???

  17. Comment said

    one wrongful comment should not cost a young man his future bah, weibo tweeting from a commoner shouldn’t be taken so seriously as representing his whole belief and character

  18. Ash said

    To continue err-ing is monkey, divine punishment is neccessary.

    OBH of MORTAL KOMBAT, Ahem.. FINISH HIM!

  19. Fiona said

    Perhaps both MOE and NUS are afraid of sun xu’s wealthy family. Man up, do the right thing! Overlook your senseless fears and preserve our country’s dignity and pride!

  20. Fiona said

    We didn’t pay for his scholarship with our taxes to be insulted.

  21. skyeyap said

    WTH, are they god???? 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.

    CHINA MAN IS BETTER LIVE THEN TRUE BLUE SINGAPOREAN…. I really feel ashame of my country now.

  22. Mohd Tahir said

    Singaporeans are certainly saddened by the on going foul-mouth episode created by the NUS scholar. This is never the first as time after time we will witness foreign students and people looking down on Singaporeans be it Chinese, Malay, Indian or Eurasian.
    The act of the PRC scholar is not acceptable. To be fair, that PRC scholar owe Singaporeans an apology. Adding to the insult is the fact that our tax-payer’s money are involved for his education. It is unimaginable for a PRC scholar to say our uncles in Singapore is akin to dogs.
    It is with great hope that the instituition takes a serious disciplinary act to terminate its association with the PRC scholar. Singapore is already bursting at its seams and we are confident we do not need the said PRC scholar in our country. Singaporeans will stand united and shall not stoop low for any acts by foreign people that will damage the precious harmony that took us years to build.

  23. Martin said

    I find it ironical that hundreds of local NUS students pass through the gates whose parents are blue collar workers. I have even heard of one ex Raffles JC student who has to help her mom sell chicken eggs during the school holidays. She is now doing very well of course she deserves her success through true grit. Their parents struggle to pay the school fees and this uber rich PRC gets free education??? That sounds so wrong on so many levels.

  24. Susan said

    it shows that there is loophole in giving the scholarship from MOE!! so many singapore parents struggling to pay for their kids tuition fees and feel really unfair and unbalance that these INGRATE RICH PRC can so easily can the scholarship. Really should sack the MOE Political Heads!!

    PAP is good only in talking!!! when election coming, will always say good things, promised these & that but end up never delivered!!!

    At the opening of parliament last year October, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong pledges to build an ‘inclusive society’ for all Singaporeans where everybody will be given equal opportunities to advance in life and nobody will be left behind —- Never walk the talk as a leader!!! Did he deliver his promise????

  25. z said

    So damn populist but people still buy his act.

  26. May said

    Hi, I’m one of those foreign students who received scholarships from MOE to complete my A-Levels and undergraduate studies in Singapore. I am grateful for my scholarships, but I also wish to clarify that not all scholarships provided by the MOE guarantee a well-paying job upon graduation. I was under the ASEAN scholarship, and I had to look for jobs on my own when I graduated. Also, my tuition fees were fully covered only if I take up the MOE tuition grant as well. Should PRs and foreigners take up the grant, they would have to serve a bond of workings for a Singapore-registered company for a minimal number of years. This still does not guarantee a job upon graduation.

    • J said

      And finding a job and working in Singapore is hard for you? Or you would rather stay in your own country instead? There are loads of local students who have to pay the tuition fees, get jobs by themselves. Why would and should foreign scholars be any different?

    • t5 said

      Hi May, yours is another diff story altogether…you felt grateful, thats good.. but this Farker’s not!…you gotta be a native Singaporean to understand the real issues here..rest your case and go take all the advantages you had and study your way through for a better life…

  27. Hoh said

    during my sec days, i got 6 credits for my ‘O’ levels but didnt get into any poly cos my family not rich n i dont know where to get help.. i cant blame anyone, n i didnt blame anybody! now, seeing him getting everything for free n still talks bad abt my country really make me feel his smart brain for study might not bring him good brain in life n should b revolve back to his own country…

  28. frakpap said

    Mr Tay Ping Hui, it was reported that you had joined the PAP grassroots a couple of years ago. I hope you have realized your mistake now and quit the Party Against People. I will support you if you join the opposition.

  29. Wong said

    “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”

    This is what i really cant understand. Do we have to outsource our politicians and captains of industry from overseas? Does offering these scholarships bolster the reputation of singapore in the eye of the international community? What benefit do we stand to gain as a country?

    Really, what is the rationale behind this philanthropy towards these scholars at the expense of its people?

    The old way of selecting our leaders obviously does not seem to be working as evident in the transportation and housing situation.

  30. scar said

    The government should provide us, the singaporeans a free education with everything instead giving our hard earned money to other foreign student. Our forefathers work their ass off for the government to sit comfortable at their office with a/c on their head and earn $50k per mth. We r paying GST, ROAD TAX, AND ALMOST EVERYTHING THAT the government is making us pay.

  31. Brian said

    It is amusing to see that 2-bits film star joining the ranks of Ah Bengs.

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