The International Medical University (IMU) will conduct an internal investigation after a student allegedly made inappropriate comments on Facebook over the death of local actress and singer Emily Kong.
The IMU said that the university had placed a social media policy for students to comply with in its handbook since 2012/2013.
“Today, the IMU management team convened an urgent meeting to review the matter. The comments made were highly insensitive.
“The IMU disciplinary board will commence immediate investigations which will result in a hearing,” it said in a statement on Monday (March 11).
Commenting on a news story regarding the death of the actress, the student allegedly posted that woman should pay men in sexual favours for sending them home safely, while boasting about sexual conquests.
He later apologised but many social media users were still upset.
Emily Kong, 29, was killed after her car crashed into a tree on Saturday (March 9).
The news prompted an outpouring of grief from fans. Many have taken to social media to express their condolences.
Facebook user Kiren Raj left a comment on The Star’s Facebook post, offering his condolences but also sharing his view on how Kong could have avoided the tragedy.
His post read: “I hope all the girls learn a good lesson now… Never leave the pub without a guy… Man and woman work together… We offer you a safe drive home and you give us makeout or sex… I mean girls like sex too right…”
“This is what happens when women think they can do everything on their own and be independent… Every woman need men…”
Screenshots of his comment, which has since been deleted, have got netizens riled up, with many calling him “sexist”, “disgusting”, a “disgrace”, and a “predator”.
In response to these critical comments, the IMU student wrote in the comments section of The Star’s Facebook post that he stood his ground, and added: “Women are bad drivers full stop. They need men to drive them or accompany them when they drive…”
IMU’s vice-chancellor Professor Peter Pook later responded in the comments section of a Facebook post by user Darryl Quah, which contains a screenshot of the first comment left by the student.
The professor said in his comment that he has written to the student in question, urging him to delete his comment and apologise.
Meanwhile, a Change.org petition titled ’Stop Kiren Raj’ was set up on Sunday by user Evan Han Sen.
The petition description read: “Kiren Raj has proven again and again that he is a threat to our society. We cannot sit back and allow for Kiren Raj to graduate and become a doctor. Allowing him to bare a white coat is liken to giving a wolf a sheep’s skin.
“It is our responsibility as a society to do the right thing. We petition that Kiren Raj be prevented from becoming a doctor. There is a significant risk for abuse. We reject the notion of allowing him to obtain a degree that gives him ground to see a patient or prescribe medication.”
The petition garnered close to 22,000 signatures just one day after it was first started.
According to Says, the student posted an apology on Sunday night to “women in general and whomever else who feels offended for whatever reason”.
His post reportedly read: “To clarify, anybody who has or is in an open relationship would understand that this is a normal happening. We go out at night with a special person for drinking and we drop them home safely. We send them home. We protect them.
“And if they invite us to their place we go and be with them. We kiss, we bond and we have sex. Our role is to protect them. In return, they give us a good surprise.
“I forgive those who made this viral despite me removing the comments. I forgive all the hate shown towards me or my acquaintance. I forgive all the vulgar messages I received. And because I forgive, I have not been affected by this at all,” he said.
He ended off the note by saying: “Your hatred has not got to me. I also forgive those instigating by misrepresenting the comments to get more likes. This is a social media disease.
“Let me be the bigger man here and not stoop to profanity or low level of language,” he wrote.