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NUS terminates scholarship of sex blogger Alvin Tan, but refuses to expel him

Posted by temasektimes on November 13, 2012

The National University of Singapore (NUS) has terminated the scholarship of controversial law undergraduate-sex blogger Alvin Tan who sparked an outcry in Singapore and Malaysia lately by posting sex videos and photos of him and his girlfriend online, but stop short of expelling him.

Alvin Tan has to pay the full school fees as a foreign student to complete his final year of study. However, he is not required to ‘refund’ NUS for the first three years of his course which is COMPLETELY sponsored by Singapore taxpayers under the ASEAN scholarship.

In contrast, Singaporean scholars who had their scholarships terminated had to pay the full amount back.

NUS’s unprecedented decision to keep the Tan’s punishment ‘confidential’ whipped up a storm in cyberspace with PAP backbenchers Lim Biow Chuan and Intan Azura Mokhtar calling on the university to make public its disciplinary actions taken against him.

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat had earlier slammed Tan’s behavior as “reprehensible and unbecoming of a scholar”

When contacted by the state media, an NUS spokesperson said “the University is not at liberty to provide details of the specific disciplinary actions taken” and that “it is also not the practice of NUS to make public the details of internal disciplinary proceedings”.

According to unverified reports, Alvin Tan came from a well to do family in Malaysia. He had studied ten years for FREE in Singapore, thanks to the generosity of the Singapore government.

6 Responses to “NUS terminates scholarship of sex blogger Alvin Tan, but refuses to expel him”

  1. Ng said

    Singaporeans need to relax. We are so known to be so calculative, nitpicking and complaining at EVERYthing.

    I think the scholarship is the attracting factor for overseas scholars to come over to Singapore to study (and as allowance and opportunity cost of leaving their homeland to a foreign place alone). Hence, by withdrawing his scholarship but requiring him to refund the past 10 years, is just very unreasonable… On the other hand, Singaporean scholars have a privilege of free education already. They are born, fed, clothed in Singapore, hence they did not bear much costs (or ANY at all) to take up the local scholarship.

    Moreover, from the facts of the case, Alvin did not go all the way out to harm anyone, did he? Yes, he may have offended some people by putting these materials online for everyone to access, but he did not cheat, kill, lie, nor steal. I think this termination of scholarship is a fair enough punishment – if not, at most, just a 2-year refund of his scholarship fees.

  2. Robin hood said

    Malay saying…”breastfeed monkey baby in jungle while own baby die of hunger”

  3. heartland Ranger said

    Nus so cheapskate

  4. A G Young said

    “INTEGRITY” …… UNLESS it is TRULY INTERPRETED…… OTHERWISE IT MAKES NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HUMAN and ANIMAL. NUS YOU DID THE RIGHT ACTION!!!

  5. Pink Panty Loong said

    If he is a Singaporean, the treatment will be entirely different. The Singaporean will be shamed (remember some minister was saying that?) and will be expelled immediately. What a screwed-up country we are living now? Oh yah, now I recall, we are under the leadership of a screwed-up dummy son of an autocrat.

  6. Naivety said

    Shit policies & double standards too!

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