The National University of Singapore (NUS) has terminated the scholarship of sex blogger Alvin Tan, the republic’s Straits Times newspaper reported today.
But the Malaysian student was not expelled from NUS.
Instead, he will have to pay full, unsubsidised fees as a foreign student if he wants to complete his final year of law school.
The newspaper said that the punishment meted out to the 24-year-old had been a subject of much speculation since NUS announced last week that it would not be revealing the details of the penalty because disciplinary proceedings were private.
Yesterday, Singapore Education Minister Heng Swee Keat described the behaviour of Tan, who is a scholarship student in the republic, as “reprehensible and unbecoming of a scholar”.
Heng was responding in Singapore’s Parliament to MPs who demanded to know what punishment had been meted out by the National University of Singapore (NUS) to Tan.
Alvin was not expelled from NUS.
NUS had drawn public ire for its refusal to disclose how it is punishing the sex-blogging Malaysian scholar whom it found guilty of damaging its reputation.
Tan, the 24-year-old Asean scholar studying law at NUS, is at the centre of a controversy after he and his girlfriend posted in a joint blog photographs and videos of themselves having sex. He had been hauled up for disciplinary action last month.
Tan, a final-year law student, had apologised to NUS for “bringing disrepute” to the school but has insisted that what he did was done in his “own personal time as a private individual and not an NUS student”.
He also maintained that his action was a “victimless crime” and did not harm anyone.
The NUS student had said explicit photos and videos of himself and his girlfriend, Vivian Lee, going viral were “exciting”, according to Yahoo! Singapore.
On the site “Sumptuous Erotica”, Tan and Lee said they loved posting details of their sex life on the web “for everyone to enjoy” and that they uploaded only self-made content.
The blog has since been taken down.
Tan went to Singapore under an ASEAN scholarship in 2004 and attended Xinmin Secondary School and Raffles Junior College before he went to NUS.
He is based in Kuala Lumpur, where he has an online business. His mother helps to run a family business, while his father works in sales.
The couple also faces the possibility of criminal prosecution and jail time if convicted for exhibiting obscene material after they posted photographs and videos of themselves having sex on their blog.
Malaysian Police Commercial Crimes chief Datuk Syed Ismail Syed Azizan said recently that the authorities were considering taking action against the duo for violation of obscenity laws.
Under Section 292 of the Penal Code, the couple could be prosecuted for exhibiting obscene material.
The punishment under the law is imprisonment for a term of up to three years or a fine
No Problem. Alvin Tan should just put up his blog again and charge viewers/voyeurs to finance his studies.
or...If he still thinks that what he did was right he should move to America or Europe or wherever that embraces his online "performances".
Our society owes the person nothing. We do not have to put up with this kind of attitude.
There are still many other youngsters who do not get to enjoy university education. NUS would do the society better by giving another more deserving young adult a scholarship.
As long as chua soi lek does not have a problem,Alvin Tan will not have a problem.It is simple as that !