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Cherian George speaks to BBC on Sun Xu saga: Real ‘target’ of Singaporeans is the government

Posted by temasektimes on February 25, 2012

Singaporeans are not against immigrants and the real target of their vibes is the government, said Professor in NTU School of Mass Communication Cherian George in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

A final year student in Mechanical Engineering at the National University of Singapore, Sun sparked a massive outcry among Singaporeans with his offensive remarks on there “being more dogs than humans in Singapore” on his microblog ‘Weibo’ last Saturday, prompting some to call for his scholarship to be revoked.

Mr George felt the reaction from Singaporeans may not be so harsh if the student making the remarks came from elsewhere like Mongolia.

“As there are many new immigrants from China and some Singaporeans also encounter Chinese immigrants who despise them, hence they feel offended by the remarks made by this student,” he said.

However, Mr George argued that netizens are not against the Chinese immigrants, but the immigration policies of the Singapore government:

“People felt some government’s policies are biased towards foreigners and neglected citizens which explain more voices coming from the internet calling on the government to better protect the rights of Singaporeans.”

Read the entire BBC article in Chinese here.



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