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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Your views: 2 China-born Singapore government scholarship holders with history of conviction given PRs

17 Nov 2006

I read with much concern about the conviction of the 2 China-born Singapore Permanent Residents (PRs) on government (MOE) scholarships for beating up a fellow student last year. ("Campus jealousy: Two fined $1,000 for beating up fellow student", ST 17, Nov).

The facts as presented are:

1. Both are China-born nationals with S'pore government scholarships.

2. The incident happened in April 2005.

3. They received their PRs in 2006.4. One is now an engineer and the other an entrepreneur.

The questions I'd like the government to answer are:a. How did they manage to get their PRs this year when they already had a criminal record for the crime commited in April last year? -

Has our Immigration and Checkpoint Authority (ICA) lowered their standards that even criminals are now given PRs? - What are the criteria when granting PRs? - How many PRs out there with criminal records? - Are there checks in place to ensure those given PRs and citizenships are of good standing without any criminal records?b. How are government scholarships awarded?

The case shows even foreigners of dubious character are given scholarships, at the expense of citizens. This is ridiculous!.

The report does not indicate if these scholarship holders are bonded to the MOE (it doesn't seem so in the case of the entrepreneur). - Does this mean the scholarships are unconditional? - Is the engineer working in MOE or another stat board/GLC? - If so, how did he land that job when he has a criminal record?(Note: I assume the government has a central database linking the various ministries, stat boards, GLCs, so effectively, these 2 PRs' criminal records are available for access at these government bodies).



  • This is the flaws of the FT system. I think Singaporeans(poor needy)deserve the scholarships given to them rather than the foreigners, this is our tax money. Do we, Singaporeans, getting the same treatment(scholarships & PR status) from China as well?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:01 AM  

  • This is how low the PAP govt have sunk. Throwing money away to foreigners while S'poreans like Tan Jee Suan has to die starving.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:55 PM  

  • no use talking. PAP thinks it is GOd almighty. making decisions that has no plaws

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:17 AM  

  • sorry i mean Flaws

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:18 AM  

  • One of the scholar is only a 2nd Lower Honours graduate. This kind also considered Talent?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:06 PM  

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