Thursday, February 23, 2012

Furor Over Nothing

Recently there had been a furor in Singapore over a post made by a foreign undergraduate from China describing Singaporeans as dogs. The problem started when Mr. Sun Xu, an undergraduate from China who is studying in Singapore on a Singapore scholarship, accidentally bumped into some senior Singapore citizens, and ended up being the subject of angry stares and muted mutterings.

Feeling peeved, he then went on China's microblog "Weibo" and posted that, "there are more dogs than humans in Singapore.” Singaporeans were up in arms over the matter especially since Mr. Sun is here on a Singapore scholarship paid for by Singapore taxpayers.

I don’t see why Singaporeans are so upset of the post. So this idiot is venting over bumping into senior citizens and is calling Singaporeans bad names over the incident. Is it that much of a surprise?

I have seen and heard of many Singaporeans complaining about foreigners and calling foreigners bad names. Is it that much of a surprise they are doing the same thing to Singaporeans? To me, the feeling between Singaporeans and Chinese foreigners is one of mutual dislike so I’m not shocked by the post at all.

The problem for Mr. Sun was that he did his venting on a public forum for all to see. However he is hardly the only foreigner in Singapore who feels this way about Singaporeans. The only thing is that most of them are smart enough to do their complaining privately, usually with words that are much worse than anything Mr. Sun posted.

So get a grip people. That post is nothing.

10 comments:

Lee Cheok Yew said...

The reason Singaporeans are upset is because this idiot is a scholar.sucking up our taxpayers dollars, not just any foreigner. You are another idiot not to recognize this.

newhik said...

I agree with Cheok Yew that the main reason for the furor was that the culprit is one of the "allegedly cream of the crop" Gahmen Scholar.
When any person, sinkie or "foreign talent" comment on such things, the average man will just brush it aside, saying that person is just uncouth or uncivilized.

But when a supposedly talented and "screened" scholar were to say such insensitive remarks, they are sure to rile up some people, especially since the case now was done by a foreigner.

The clamour was no to highlight Xu's low EQ but rather the Gahment inept screening to allow such ungrateful talent into Singapore.

As my friend said, whenever you go overseas, you do not act like your the boss because in the end, you are just a visitor.

Ghost said...

People will be people. I had known and spoken to Singaporeans both from NUS and from the hawker centre and guess what? They both say there are too many foreigners in Singapore. They then went on to list their complains againest foreigners.
Just because you are a "scholar" does not change anything. So I'm not surprised at the posting of Mr. Sun. He is a Chinese foreigner and like many other Chinese foreigner in Singapore, he badmouthed Singaporeans. Does anyone truly think the man won't do this just because he is on a government scholarship? I sure don't.

Anonymous said...

U still dont see the point. WTF

Ghost said...

Actually i see the point perfectly. I see that Singaporeans seem to believe that this man is a scholar on a government scholarship, he "should" be some sort of better foreigner who would not badmouth Singaporeans.
I'm saying you guys are wrong. People will be people and the fact that Mr. Sun is on a government scholarship does not change that.

Anonymous said...

During a parliamentary session this week, it was revealed 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 ICT.

Anonymous said...

WTFF u still dont see the point

Anonymous said...

Everyone commenting is correct. You still don't get it.

Ghost said...

Sigh. People, please understand this one simple thing. These foreigners who come to Singapore to study on government scholarship are NOT grateful to Singapore for it. You guys can cry till the cow come home but all the comments on the internet are not going to change. You have to accept that.

Anonymous said...

It simply means that foreigners
brought in by our RULERS are slighting the locals. Worse, we
have our OWN Ruler justifying the
slightings.

Not too difficult to understand.