Alvin Tan is a good example to showcase to Yale
The liberalism and freedom of expression exhibited by Alvin Tan must surely be a pleasant surprise to many in Sin. It is a great buzz that we are expecting and not coming. Now Alvin has delivered. We can now showcase him to Yale University that Sin is more liberal than America and our students are free to express their opinions and even hold very strong views against the govt. The freedom of expression includes whatever they do in the bedroom. And nothing will happen to them. Where got censorship or prudish discipline enforced by autocratic regime? So stop making false accusation that Sin and NUS are very restrictive and very stifling to the free spirits that Yale is famous for.
NUS must retain Alvin as a mascot, even if he pissed everyone in the govt and NUS, telling them that he did not want to practice law after graduation. Nevermind if another more deserving student could have benefitted if the place was not given to Alvin. Nevermind if a lot of money has been spent on him that could be given to a needy child of another citizen.
Think like Alvin, honest, frank and upfront, that he would apologise to NUS because of the money. We can’t find such honesty here anymore. And Alvin has put NUS in the world stage, giving it free and cheap publicity without having to pay another cent. Alvin is great value, and worth every cent spent on him. Please keep him in NUS. He is a role model for our students. A really talented foreign student. Only drawback is that he does not want to stay and work in Sin. He could even be ministerial material, pragmatic, money minded, flexible if it is to his advantage.
Now I fear that we may lose him and got nothing to show to Yale.