The Temasek Times has received an email from the External Relations Office of the Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore clarifying that Schlumberger has terminated all connections with NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu:
“The Faculty of Engineering wishes to clarify that Mr Sun Xu is not an intern with Schlumberger. Mr Sun’s final-year project involved a few visits to the company for discussions with engineers there. Schlumberger has since advised Mr Sun and the Faculty of Engineering at the National University of Singapore that these interactions be discontinued.”
NUS has also clarified that Sun Xu is not on any internship at the moment. It is not known if Schlumberger terminated Sun’s visits after receiving numerous complaints from netizens about him.
According to Sun Xu’s linkedin account before it was taken down, he is currently on ‘attachment’ at Schlumberger as a ‘project supervisee.’ It also documented clearly Sun Xu’s ‘involvement’ in several projects of Schlumberger thereby giving an erroneous impression that he was its intern. However, with Schlumberger now stopping Sun Xu from visiting the company, he may not be able to complete his Final Year Project which final year engineering students at NUS must pass in order to graduate.
A final year student in Mechanical Engineering at the National University of Singapore, Sun sparked a near nationwide outcry among Singaporeans with his offensive remarks on there “being more dogs than humans in Singapore.” on his microblog ‘Weibo’ last Saturday.
In the same thread, Sun used the term “瘪三” to describe Singapore uncles, which is a derogatory word typically used in Shanghai to describe the underclass bums in the society. It means a person who is a tramp, bum, good-for-nothing fella, beggar, drifter, loafer, outcast, vagrant, destitute and worthless person.
When told by a fellow netizen not to be too fussy, he replied:
“Bunch of 挫逼. My temper these days is already a lot better.”
“挫逼” is a derogatory word commonly used in mainland China for cursing people, an equivalent of the Hokkien phrase ‘CCB’ commonly used as a vulgarity in Singapore to refer to the female sexual organ.
Sun Xu will be attending a disciplinary hearing convened by NUS on 13 March where his fate will be decided. Education Minister Heng Swee Keat had earlier said the onus is on NUS to “investigate the matter and to take disciplinary action against Sun Xu if he was found to have flouted NUS’s code of conduct for its student.”
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 students each year, or about S$174,00 per scholar.
Foreign scholars like Sun Xu at NUS and other Singapore universities have their tuition fees and living expenses all covered by their scholarships. They are also guaranteed a well-paying job upon graduation as part of their bond and the men are exempted from National Service unlike male Singapore citizens who are burdened with a hefty tuition loan and rendered uncompetitive in the job market by their mandatory reservist obligations such as IPPT and in-camp training.
We apologize to NUS and Schlumberger for the misrepresentation and would like to urge netizens to stop writing to Schlumberger to complain about Sun Xu as it has since severed all ties with him.
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