Disclaimer: this post was written during the first week after the incident. It is based on the below Straits Times article that many find untrustworthy (and AFAIR they later corrected it), so it might not be (is not?) accurate.

“Prof stabbed, student dies”

This morning an NTU professor was stabbed by an Indonesian student. The professor survived, but the student jumped off the 7 storey building CORRECTION: 5th level of the 7 storey building and died. The news spread quickly: I read The Straits Times online (the above link) this afternoon and after several hours Detik had also covered it up: [link].

But this is not what I want to write about.

Look at this…


and the comment page of the corresponding news in Detik: [link].

In Singapore identifying a citizen with her/his race is a common thing. The terms Chinese Singaporean, Malay Singaporean, Tamil Singaporean, etc can be easily found in, for example, room rental advertisement. An excerpt from an ad: “Chinese owner“. Another excerpt: “Preferably female chinese malaysian or indonesian.” But when this is applied in Indonesia, people will accuse you of racism.

I don’t know which one is wrong. Maybe the Detik commentators are right. It is supposed to be wrong, but since people in Singapore have get used to it, they find no offence. But maybe this thing here is not necessarily offensive. The news doesn’t relate the crime to any racial stereotype. Maybe Indonesian people are just too allergic when it comes to race.  But maybe they are both right. They have different backgrounds and environments, so they are not to be compared to each other. But wait! Maybe they are both wrong! …but on my fifth thought, maybe it is an invalid concern as this cannot be transformed into an ethically Boolean right or wrong question.

I condemn racial discrimination. Any form of discrimination is unacceptable. But exposing someone’s race…?

Humanities is a hard subject to master, indeed… (=_=)a


PS: Some historical notes for comparison. Singapore history is darkened by 1964 and 1969 race riots. In Indonesia, Chinese Indonesian was oppressed during Dutch colonialism, during the New Order (Orba), and became the victim of May 1998 riot.

PS2: regarding the room ads, I think it is because of the language barrier. Despite English being the declared national language in 1965, many people still cannot speak English here (even some Chinese Singaporean cannot speak Mandarin after the Mandarinisation starting from 1979, but instead several dialects such as Hokkien (like Chinese people in Medan), Teochew, Hakka, etc), so it is natural to find a room tenant who is of the same ancestry.

PS3: wish me luck with my room hunting :mrgreen:

PS4: a quite funny video


PS5: I really think that I am a mean person. I watched the news on TV this evening when I was about to have dinner (mutton soup so tasty leh…). I didn’t understand it though, as it was in Chinese. The stall keeper uncle, who has known me quite well, said that it was a pity to lose your life like that. He said that probably the student was pushed too hard by his professor (although later I found some news (I forget the URL) said that they are good friends). I said, however stabbing a professor is obviously wrong. He replied, yes of course it is wrong, but what matters now is why he did it. I said…yeah…that’s the problem.

I was being mean and harsh, wasn’t I? 😦


PS6: If you haven’t done so (and if you understand Bahasa Indonesia, of course) I recommend you to read comments in the new series in Detik and Kompas. Very funny lor!! There are racism accusation, sour grapes, non-sensical comments (ospek???), blablabla…ahahahahahahahahahaha 😆

21 Responses to “?Msicar”

  1. 1 ahgentole 02/03/2009 at 7:13 PM

    I didn’t go to campus today. I was really surprised when my friend at office called me a few hours ago to tell me about the incident. Hey, can we meet? I’m going to campus tomorrow. You around?

  2. 2 lambrtz 02/03/2009 at 8:35 PM

    Sure, we can arrange a time. When do you want to meet me?

  3. 3 Ando-kun 02/03/2009 at 8:48 PM

    slow loading youtube link, really slow lah……
    but it can made me laugh lah.

  4. 4 lambrtz 02/03/2009 at 10:09 PM

    Youtube slow ar?
    How come Japan so slow leh?

  5. 5 ahgentole 02/03/2009 at 10:18 PM


    I’ll sms you, or give a call.


    Youtube slow? Buy new computerlah, must can.

    *singlish aja ga faseh apalagi english beneran*

  6. 6 Ando-kun 02/03/2009 at 10:55 PM

    cannot understand lah what you two cakap ?#!?&%?!*

  7. 7 Irene 03/03/2009 at 3:24 AM

    holy cow! gila. ngeri amat.
    jujur aja, sering sih gw jg harbor evil thoughts towards my professors (terutama yg dari departemen kimia) but i would never carry them out! tragis ih. i hope the proff is ok.

    komen2 yg di detik bikin ngakak. dari 8, ga da satupun yg komen ttg kejadiannya sendiri.

    yg ini dong: “kan jarang2 gitu makanya, ditonjol2in.. hahaha.. detik tolong donk lebih profesional.. masak jurnalisnya kampungan gitu seh.. positif donk harusnya.. ”

    hah?! *lempar sandal* bego.

    people like that frustrate me. they always miss the point. lumrah dong kalo indentitas pembunuhnya dibuka.

  8. 8 dnial 03/03/2009 at 8:18 AM

    Genius people tends to be evil?
    But why the hell he try to kill his proffesor. I have that urge once in a while when I working on my thesis. But, actually doing it… Maybe living in Singapore is stressful.

    *hiding my knife*

  9. 9 lambrtz 03/03/2009 at 10:09 AM

    My top searches : maria takagi, “ntu professor” stabbed singapore, koizumi aya photo, the beatles, latex cuma (?)

    Too bad the keywords, especially about the stabbing, are in English. If I wrote this post in Bahasa Indonesia I don’t know how messy it would be :mrgreen:


    Buy new computer meh? Can fix ar?

    Alamak…you are from Babel leh…how come you not understand…

    The prof is in stable condition, wrote some online news. No vital organ is damaged.

    Strange, aren’t they? :mrgreen:

    Genius people tend not to be evil, but to be…genius. :mrgreen:
    Yeah, living in Singapore is stressful, but many people can stand it. Some suspect there is another motive behind the stabbing, but I’m not sure. Neither NTU nor the police has made an official statement regarding this matter.

  10. 10 Rukia 03/03/2009 at 10:44 AM

    Saya baru denger beritanya hari ini, itupun nggak terlalu fokus *dah telat ke kantor*
    Saya juga penasaran, sebenernya alasan si mahasiswa menikam profesornya itu apa?

  11. 11 lambrtz 03/03/2009 at 4:23 PM

    Berita yang beredar (dari Detik, Straits Times), katanya David ini progres skripsinya tidak bagus, dan kalau lulus telat beasiswa bakal ditarik. Padahal katanya tidak demikian: kalau ditarik pun masih ada kesempatan lain untuk funding. Selengkapnya baca Detik atau Straits Times saja.

    Tapi saya masih nunggu laporan dari Profesornya, karena sampe sekarang yang ditulis baru dugaan ataupun dari sudut pandang orang ketiga.

  12. 12 ahgentole 03/03/2009 at 7:02 PM

    Saya belum dapet kontak PINTU, btw. Menurut saya sumber Detik kurang kredibel dan anehnya lagi Strait Times malah kutip berita Detik. Bagaiamana mungkin orang Dubes bisa lebih tahu soal itu ketimbang teman2 sekelasnya? Anehnya, Detik dan Strait Times jadi kutip-kutipan gitu. Tapi, yah, saya juga gak ngapa-ngapain juga sih tuk shed the light. :mrgreen: Btw, seseorang menawarkan teori yang disturbing, tapi lumayan masuk akal. Gimana kalo keduanya are lovers? Love/jealousy is a dangerous thing. Ah, disclaimer, gak maksud melakukan stigma atas kelompok tertentu.

  13. 13 lambrtz 03/03/2009 at 7:40 PM

    Wew panjangnya 😐

    Anehnya, Detik dan Strait Times jadi kutip-kutipan gitu.

    Iya ini aneh banget :mrgreen:
    Tapi ya bagaimana lagi, sementara ini masyarakat baru bisa mengkonsumsi berita dari dua situs itu, karena mereka yang banyak tulis berita tentang kasus ini. Jawaban yang lebih memuaskan ya…tunggu sampai Prof Chan sembuh.

    Bagaiamana mungkin orang Dubes bisa lebih tahu soal itu ketimbang teman2 sekelasnya?

    IMO the most credible person will be Prof Chan himself. I look forward to his statement.

    Gimana kalo keduanya are lovers?

    Mmm…Occam’s Razor?

  14. 14 Arm 03/03/2009 at 8:57 PM

    Btw, seseorang menawarkan teori yang disturbing, tapi lumayan masuk akal. Gimana kalo keduanya are lovers? Love/jealousy is a dangerous thing. Ah, disclaimer, gak maksud melakukan stigma atas kelompok tertentu.

    then he should stabbed him in Amsterdam 😛

    IMO the most credible person will be Prof Chan himself. I look forward to his statement.

    agree. lets hope he’s get well soon

  15. 15 grace 03/03/2009 at 9:26 PM

    palingan tu mahasiswa lagi stress dikit trus pengen iseng…yah, at least dia ga smpe ngebom kampus atau genocide mahasiswa ras tertentu.. 🙄
    *jawaban ngasal*

  16. 16 jensen99 04/03/2009 at 12:01 AM

    […] But exposing someone’s race…?

    It’s okay, IMO. D’you think, it will incite racial problem (at least another opinion, since the motive is still unknown) if the news was Malay/Javanese/Tamil/Yankee stab Chinese Professor? 😀

  17. 17 lambrtz 04/03/2009 at 12:12 AM

    Hwahahahaaaa…Amsterdam 😆
    Saya dulu hampir ke sana tuh :mrgreen:
    Hus, ngawur aja 8)
    This is the rule.
    – In Singapore it will be OK (no racial issue)
    – In Indonesia it will not be OK (racial issue will raise)
    – In Indonesia, if any of the suspected party is Chinese, it will really really be not OK (great racial issue)

    I mean, aiyooo, when I was in high school ar, I mock my Chinese friend, they oso mock Javanese like me, den we all mock-mockan!

  18. 18 lambrtz 04/03/2009 at 11:56 AM


    On my second thought, I think I shouldn’t have recommended her to read Detik :mrgreen:

  19. 19 Abu Geddoe 04/03/2009 at 2:05 PM

    First the racism.

    I think of these neighbouring countries of ours as “melting pots” of a very different kind than us. The races are ‘fewer and more distinct’. So there are perhaps grater language barriers, cultural clashes, etc. So maybe it’s partly justified, the apparent segregation, though I still frown at it.

    Now, the incident.

    Well, I’ll leave that for another time.

  20. 20 hawe69 04/03/2009 at 4:19 PM

    cenderung setuju dengan alasan motif versi Gentole..
    or perhaps the Prof ‘reject’ him, jadi patah hati ?

  21. 21 lambrtz 04/03/2009 at 11:21 PM

    @Abu Geddoe
    Rrr…sorry I don’t understand :mrgreen:
    Assuming you made typographical mistake (grater –> greater), what does a clear barriers has to do with justification of segregation?

    Masalahnya, menurut saya kelahiran teori itu tidak memakai Occam’s Razor, dan cenderung berbau konspirasi :mrgreen:

    Three contacted, 2 responded, 1 negative, since she only speaks Chinese. Only 1 more chance. If it fails, I have to search again 😦

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