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Sex blogger Alvin Tan’s scholarship terminated

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 8:27 PM Updated: Nov 22, 2012 4:06 PM

The National University of Singapore (NUS) has terminated the scholarship of sex blogger Alvin Tan.

The Straits Times understands from a source that the Asean scholarship holder was not expelled but will have to pay full, unsubsidised fees as a foreign student should he want to conclude his final year of studies at the NUS Law School.

The revelation comes on the same day that Parliament discussed the matter of Mr Tan’s conduct. During the debate in the House, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat strongly condemned the exhibitionist behaviour of Mr Tan, saying that it was “reprehensible and unbecoming of a scholar”.

Though the Minister did not reveal the details of the punishment, he said he was confident that the NUS management took the matter seriously and would do the right thing.

The punishment meted out to the 24-year-old has 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.

It did, however, say that Mr Tan’s behaviour was “detrimental to the reputation and dignity of the university”.

Many, especially online, urged the school to make details of the punishment public, a call that was echoed by several MPs in Parliament.