Indian student on MOE tuition grant raps Singapore netizens for posting ‘xenophobic’ comments about India
Posted by temasektimes on February 25, 2013
In his letter, Abhinav Mishra admitted that his education is heavily subsidized by MOE:
“My education here has been, to a large extent, subsidised through a Ministry of Education tuition grant. This grant requires me to work for at least three years in Singapore after I graduate. So I would be competing with my Singaporean peers for jobs.”
He wrote that he is sad to read about the ‘racist’ and ‘xenophobic’ comments online:
“I came here to get a good education. It saddens me to see how netizens paint all immigrants in the same bad light and post racist and xenophobic comments online. Getting more immigrants from New Delhi, for example, would certainly not make Singapore the “rape capital of the world”.
While he did not reveal if he is a new citizen, Mishra urged Singaporeans not to let prejudice and stereotypes guide public policy:
“I hope Singapore’s new citizens are treated in a way that is reflective of the educated, meritocratic and unbiased society that Singapore is. I hope the recent uproar does not create further barriers between citizens and foreigners.”