Outcome of NUS disciplinary hearing: ‘Nothing happened’ and Sun Xu remains a MOE scholar
Posted by temasektimes on March 13, 2012
As expected, beleaguered NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu was let off with merely a slap on his wrist when a disciplinary committee found him guilty of breaching NUS code of conduct for students and delayed making a decision on him instead of expelling him from NUS immediately like what many Singaporeans hoped for.
According to reliable sources from NUS itself, the disciplinary hearing has ended and ‘nothing’ happened to Sun Xu. It is not known if NUS will be issuing an official statement later as it has imposed a media blackout on the controversy and did not even update its students on the latest developments unlike the ‘NUS Campus Crusade for Christ’ saga.
Sun Xu reportedly SMSed to inform his friends that he will be graduating together with them immediately after the hearing and he appeared to be in ‘great spirits’.
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 Young PAP member and MediaCorp actor Tay Ping Hui.
He is also currently under police investigation for ‘intentional harassment’ after he posted a comment on Weibo allegedly ‘threatening’ a Singaporean Alex Tan, saying he will ‘wait for him with a knife.’
Despite the intense public scrutiny and pressure, NUS chose not to mete out a stiffer punishment on Sun Xu partly because he is a MOE scholar and a top student on the Dean’s List. His father and uncle were senior leaders of the provincial Communist Party in Suzhou and reportedly flew to Singapore last week to keep Sun Xu company. The Chinese Embassy is aware of the matter and has been keeping tabs on it.
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.”
Since Sun Xu was not expelled from NUS, he was naturally able to retain his MOE scholarship. Under the terms of the scholarship, it is ‘automatically’ terminated once the holder ceases to be a student of the university he/she is enrolled in.
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.
UPDATE: NUS has ‘delayed’ the announcement of the verdict which will be made in one or two weeks’ time. Read more here.
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