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Tay Ping Hui: Voices of people need to be heeded on 13 March where Sun Xu’s fate will be decided

Posted by temasektimes on March 12, 2012

With NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu due to attend a disciplinary hearing tomorrow, Young PAP member and MediaCorp actor Tay Ping Hui has implored the authorities to heed the voices of the people.

MOE and NUS have been dragging their feet over Sun Xu’s case in the hope that Singaporeans will forget about the incident by now, one month after Sun Xu posted a derogatory comment about Singaporeans on his Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo on 18 February this year.

In a tweet posted last night, Tay Ping Hui wrote:

“Let us not forget that 13th March is coming. Why significant? Because the peoples’ voices need to be heeded.”

[Source: Tay Ping Hui’s twitter]

A final year student in Mechanical Engineering at NUS, Sun Xu triggered nationwide outrage with his now infamous remarks on there ‘being more dogs than humans in Singapore’, prompting many Singaporeans to call for his scholarship to be revoked, including Tay Ping Hui who openly called him an ‘impertinent ingrate’.

Despite keeping a low profile in the last few weeks, Singaporeans remain fixated on the saga with some netizens predicting Sun Xu’s eventual fate today even before the disciplinary hearing is convened.

Though the majority of netizens want Sun Xu’s scholarship to be revoked and NUS to expel, few believe NUS will do so with many predicting that he will be let off with simply a ‘stern warning’ which will have no impact on his scholarship.

The Ministry of Education (MOE) which administered Sun Xu’s scholarship, has already passed the ‘baton’ over to NUS, saying that 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.”

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.

Read all articles about Sun Xu here

17 Responses to “Tay Ping Hui: Voices of people need to be heeded on 13 March where Sun Xu’s fate will be decided”

  1. thecakeisalie said

    Do not forget what Wang Peng Fei did to us.

  2. Will said

    Seriously, if we want freedom of speech, does that not also include our visiting scholars. Should we actually require scholarship recipient to always have to be nice? In my country, many foreigners rape our daughters and do daytime robberies in old people’s homes. A law-abiding scholarship recipient that is taking his mouth too full – it is really nothing guys. But, perhaps he is merly a catalyst to unleash a lot of built-up frustration. Then, take it out on someone else than him, please.

    • Ho Ho Ho said

      Will, I don’t know which country you belong to, but I know I speak for all when I say that the citizens of Singapore do not espouse a country where “foreigners rape daughters and commit daytime robberies”…

    • Nora said

      Wtf you talking? People insult you dog you call this freedom of farking speech?? Foreigners rape your woman in your country because you allow freedom of actions wat. Hahaha

    • PRC SUX said

      滚回大陆吧!

    • Theminoritydude said

      Do we require our scholars to be nice? YES! THAT’S WHAT WE PAID MONEY FOR!! ARE YOU STUPID!?

    • Benny said

      There is no freedom of speech in singapore. Learn about the culture before you talk rubbish..

  3. Cindy said

    Ayah, nothing will be done. All will fall on deaf ears! Our govt loves them so much. What to do? Govt only believe in Foreign and not local as they believe local got no talent! Very sad! We pay our own school fees while theirs are paid by our govt. Dogs that bite the hand that feeds, should be put to sleep but not in singapore.

  4. One angry vote can have a multipllier effect of minimum five votes….let the Governing parly take heed….

  5. CLE6 said

    That’s why the Government of Singapore is losing its people. They give away our hard earned money to foreigners and not give us a chance.

    I am a Singaporean, given a place in NUS to do a PhD and then called in to be humiliated by a professor who said to me: There won’t be any funding for you, given your poor grades you won’t even be able to find a job as a researcher, it was a mistake to have offered you a place. By the time you finished studying you will be too old. You better think of something else to do in your life.

    I left Singapore, got a research job and PhD and never looked back.

    • Charmie said

      Having such a professor with a mindset like this is rather sad for Singapore’s education system. Throughout my education life, I never met any motivational teachers and lecturers as well. We had lecturers telling us that nobody in the staff room wanted to teach our class and even if they had to, it’s not something they look forward to. The reason was because they felt we were too opinionated. We are Marketing students, driven to be innovative and creative professionals in the industry, how can we not have and share opinions?

    • Charmie said

      Even in Primary Schools, my teachers would only reprimand me for answering questions wrong and not find out why I made the mistake. They would say “What, wrong again!” with an exasperated tone. Maybe if I was older, I would see this as something to drive me to excel. But as a 8 year old student, I could only feel I was stupid and a burden to the class.

    • Theminoritydude said

      And the name of the prof?

    • ssaintt said

      hmmm so what u mean is that what the prof did is coz of sg govt tell him to do that? see no link LOL.

  6. Bob said

    It will me decide when they ask for donations

  7. MOE $cholar$hip $ince 2006 ,Raffles Junior College and NU$ till 13 March 2012.

    Who i$ going to make thi$ expen$ive deci$ion

    • AngryOldMan said

      This SOB is not gonna work in singapore for sure, he will go back for sure!!!! So whats the point of letting him continue his scholarship?

      We, Singaporeans, are not happy and we want justice to be done, meaning kick that snobbish ass back to his country as this will slap that stupid grin off his face…………………

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