How dare they! They say it is due to "lack of academic freedom". What are they talking about? Don't they know that NTU publishes more research papers than MIT? You're free to publish what you want. Except :
1. You cannot criticise the Singapore Govt. See Singapore students have been conditioned from young to learn that their elite govt is the best in the world and deserve its highest salary. If Warwick is allowed to do challenge, it will confused our local students and disrupt our harmonious society. Now we really don't want that.
2. You are not allowed freedom of assembly. Why does a university want to assemble its students for? I thought only primary schools do that.
3. You have to follow our laws on the Press. If you run a university newspaper, please model it after the Straits Times. We have to feed our students with consistent information so they can be relieved of the stress of politcal debates and concentrate on their studies.
4. You have to follow our laws on death penalty. Which includes hanging people for small amounts of cannabis, the amounts that probably some students at the UK campus keep in their lockers or smoke over the weekend for recreation. If they are in Singapore, they would have to be hanged, because these things threaten to destroy our Singapore society while it cause little harm in UK..... Why are theseWarwick people so concerned about a few deaths anyway? We Singaporeans seem to feel nothing about our fellow Singaporeans getting hanged....as long as it does not interfere with our weekend shopping.
5. You have to follow our curbs on gay rights. Let the gay people speak up on this ...please put comments on my blog if you so wish.
They demand to enjoy same degree of academic freedom as in the UK. They are concerned that “the government will intervene if academic reports cast a negative light on their policies”. Of course the govt has to intervened what...just like the 2 NTU economics lecturers, Professor Lingle...and one guy who used to teach at NUS called Professor Chee (now known as CSJ). In Singapore everything must be co-ordinated and orchestrated with the govt, that is why Straits Times doesn't debate issues it explains them. This relieves Singaporeans from having to consider so many alternative view points and becoming confused in the process, these rules are laid for the good and happiness of Singaporeans so they have more time to watch TV and go shopping.
University of Warwick is so stupid to place matters of principle, freedom and academic integrity above all else.... especially with EDB dangling so many financial incentives.
Here's the knockout paragraph from the FT report:
Thio Li-ann, a law professor at the National University of Singapore, which said freedom of "speech is permissible as long as it does not threaten real political change or to alter the status quo".
The purpose of a Singapore university education is to change NOTHING and keep the STATUS QUO. Wise words indeed from a lecturer in NUS. No wonder after my NUS education all I wanted was to get a job earn money and use it for shopping.....yes there is NOTHING to change in Singapore because it is PERFECT. We are all so lucky to be living in Singapore.