Breaking News: Sun Xu fined only $3,000 and reprimanded for posting offensive remarks about Singaporeans online
Posted by temasektimes on March 26, 2012
A disciplinary committee of National University Singapore (NUS) has found MOE PRC scholar Sun Xu guilty of breaching its Code of Conduct, but stop short of expelling him from the university, according to a circular we obtained from the Provost Office of NUS.
Instead, he was fined a mere $3,000 for posting offensive remarks about Singaporeans online. Sun Xu has also been ordered to perform 3 months’ of community service and ‘reprimanded’ for his actions which has brought NUS into disrepute.
A final year student in Mechanical Engineering, Sun Xu sparked a massive outcry a month ago with his now infamous remarks on there being ‘more dogs than humans in Singapore.’
The case received extensive coverage in both the mainstream and new media and put MOE’s long-standing policy of giving generous scholarships to foreigners under intense public scrutiny.
Though Sun Xu’s scholarship was given by MOE, it has refused to take any disciplinary action against him so far, leaving the decision entirely on the hapless disciplinary committee of NUS which has received much flak from the public over its handling of the matter so far.
In response to queries from the media, MOE said it was not represented in the Board of Discipline and will “let the disciplinary process take its course”.
It reiterated that “the NUS scholarship administrators will take reference from the findings of the Board in deciding what action they will take with regard to Sun Xu”.
MOE also said Singapore universities “seek to cultivate a global mindset and strong cross-cultural skills” and that “it is important for all students to show mutual respect in their interactions with each other, and to exercise sensitivity when posting comments online.”
Since NUS did not expel Sun Xu, he will naturally be able to keep his MOE scholarship and graduate from NUS in a few weeks’ time, after which he will probably jet off from Singapore for good.
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$174,000 per scholar.
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