NUS scholar Sun Xu disciplined for online remarks

SINGAPORE: The National University of Singapore (NUS) has taken disciplinary action against undergraduate scholarship holder Sun Xu, the Chinese national who came under fire in February for making offensive remarks about Singaporeans online.

In a circular to students from NUS Provost Tan Eng Chye, NUS said 25-year-old Sun Xu’s remarks were “improper, insensitive and disrespectful to the community”.

Its board of discipline has given him an official reprimand, slapped him with a $3,000 fine and further required Sun Xu to perform three months’ community service before he’s allowed to graduate.

NUS has also informed Sun Xu that his undergraduate scholarship benefits have been terminated for the final semester as his behaviour was unbecoming of a scholarship holder.

Sun Xu says he has accepted the decision.

Posting a message on his profile page of social networking site Ren Ren, Mr Sun said the last month “has been filled with great regrets and remorse”.

Writing in both English and Chinese, he said his comments were disrespectful and inappropriate, and that he was very sorry for making those comments.

Sun is an MOE scholar but NUS is the administrator of his scholarship.

The final-year engineering student posted on his blog last month that “there are more dogs than humans in Singapore”, describing how some people would stare at him after he brushed against them in public.

NUS said his remarks had stirred up considerable unease, distrust and ill-will within and beyond the university community.

Sun has since apologised for his remarks and removed his blog post.

NUS said the discipline board’s decision sends a clear and strong signal that the university does not condone such actions.

– CNA/wm


  • I think this is a good judgement. Sends a clear signal to the guy that it is wrong of him and hence strip him of all the benefits that he’s entitled to in the final semester. Kudos to the committee!


  •  It is definitely unpopular among those that hate PRCs but I suspect the majority of Singaporeans are indifferent to the decision.


  •  I think it is the right decision. Especially the part of him having to pay for his final semester, AKA strip him of his scholarship entitlement. Made him pay the fine and community service.


  •  there’s deprivation , punitive and corrective actions all rolled out , hope it will be an eye-opener for those ‘ungrateful’ with loose tongues..

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  2. Posted by Rina Ng on March 27, 2012 at 2:25 am

    IMHO, it’s a good enough punishment. Stripping off the scholarship in itself is a big deal. Let’s hope we will exercise our right to freedom of speech with more care and responsibility. No one can or should be spared, scholar or no scholar, local or foriegner.


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