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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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9 Responses to “Breaking News: Sun Xu fined only $3,000 and reprimanded for posting offensive remarks about Singaporeans online”

  1. Mrs Smith said

    Wat!!!! Unbelievable!!!!

  2. coldsad said

    any issue that using money can solved is no more an issue

  3. Daft Sporeans said

    Thanks to 60% Sinkie Shareholders, we officially carry “dog” tag……….

    Now let’s see the PRC taxi manslaughter case, how much “sentence” he gonna get………

  4. FanaticD said

    most probably that the fine comes from MOE also. what slap on wrists? mosquito bite only

  5. Joe said

    $3,000? Is that the price for insulting all S’poreans?

    “Damage” to LKY and Old Goh cost millions…

  6. hokkien peng said

    what a joke, terminate his scholarship, but since he has complete his studies, there is no need for scholarship anymore…

    that means there’s no punishment, nus can’t be that stupid…

  7. cjia said

    back in NS, we’ve heard how 2 Officer Cadets got expelled from OCS for playing with their swords, losing their chance to get commissioned. i suppose it was due to being disrespectful towards the President and the country.

    with this, i really do question MOE’s decision to “let the disciplinary process take its course”. Does it not bother them that we are nurturing a future educator who obviously is lacking in his character?

    i don’t need him to be expelled or whatever. but whatever happens from now must be justifiable. that’s all.

  8. Prabu said

    Come rally with me for “A Rally for Singaporeans”
    Venue: Hong Lim Park
    Date:31st March 2012
    Time: 5pm

    Dear fellow Singaporeans for the last 10 years or so we can see how the civil service & policies crafted by the government is favoring foreigners over Singaporeans. There is a sense of double standards as if if you are a foreigner you are automatically a talent, if you are a local Singaporean you are discriminated while jobs, education scholarships etc at our expense is given away to foreigners.

    In recent days the above mentioned just got worst as some foreigners brought crime along to our Singapore. Cases such as the 24 year old PRC who raped a 13 year old girl.

    Now there has been cases of potential kidnap of young children and the police dismissed it by “warning Singaporeans not to spread rumors”

    We need to come together, as many of us in huge numbers, to demand transparency from government, the police, immigration authorities and hold them accountable for the current sad state of events our country is in.

    Come rally with me for “A Rally for Singaporeans”
    Venue: Hong Lim Park
    Date:31st March 2012
    Time: 5pm

    Yours truly,
    Prabu

    PS: If you want to be a speaker or help with this event email me @ fluteprabu@gmail.com or SMS to 92230514

  9. john said

    should expel him

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