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NUS ranked 21st position in world after NUS professor makes lesbian = cancer comment

NUS ranked 21st position in world after NUS professor makes lesbian = cancer comment

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Freedom of speech in academic environment lauded for causing jump in rankings.

"Did you just say something homophobic? Oh my god we are so moving up the rankings again next year."

“Did you just say something homophobic? Oh my god we are so moving up the rankings again next year.”

The National University of Singapore has been placed 21st in the 2014 World Reputation Rankings published by the Times Higher Education (THE).

This is one spot higher than last year’s 22nd position.

One NUS student, Jiang Niao Hua, said: “NUS students and faculty would like to thank Associate Professor Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied, who last week said lesbians equal cancers.”

“By exercising freedom of speech, he showed that NUS is a free and world class university that tolerates open ideas, which explains why we went up one notch.”

This year, NTU, on the other hand, is languishing in the 91st to 100th band this year.

They fell from the 71st to 80th band in the 2013 list. Universities outside the top 50 spots are not given a specific rank, partly because it is embarrassing and partly because it is pointless.

One NUS student, Hen Xiao Zhang, said: “If NTU is languishing in the 91st to 100th band, it means they are in the 100 position.”

Some lesbians diagnosed with cancer after NUS professor’s lesbian = cancer comment

Some lesbians diagnosed with cancer after NUS professor’s lesbian = cancer comment

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Ailment spreads after he made that remark.


Some lesbians around the world were diagnosed with cancer yesterday and today.

This after National University of Singapore Associate Professor Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied, wrote last week that lesbians equal cancers.

Many Singaporeans interviewed said this is not a coincidence.

Tong Xing Lian, a local, said: “His comment gave me cancer.”

“This must be some kind of black magic sorcery. Singapore is such a modern society already, we cannot go back to the old days of practising witchcraft and getting caught up in superstitions.”

Not sure if justice served…

Not sure if justice served…

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…or vicious cycle of life.

Take a look at these drawings done by a local artist by the name of Frankie Chang Inn Kong.

David Marshall


Queen Elizabeth

His Leeness

These were created using a mix of charcoal and lead, and drawn using a cloth instead of a brush.

The method of drawing is unique precisely because the technique was developed and mastered by Frankie when he was serving time in prison and there was a lack of proper drawing tools.

Frankie, you see, spent the last 30 years going in and out of prison for a variety of offences, such as getting involved in drugs, loansharking and robbery.

Woah, we do have a badass over here.

However, Frankie did have a rough childhood, having been abandoned by his parents at the age of five and later ended up on the wrong side of the law multiple times.

But during his final stint in prison, while he was serving nine years for drug trafficking offences in 1999, he wanted to turn over a new leaf.

That was when he finally decided to put his talent to some use, and experimented with charcoal-lead-based “black powder”, an epiphany he had when he pondered about his past dealings with “white powder”, a.k.a. heroin.

He was already an expert in carving, carpentry and drawing then but he could only make do with drawing while in prison because it didn’t require special tools.

(At this point, if you kind of think his story sounds familiar, that’s because Frankie was the poster boy of the Yellow Ribbon Project and his life has been dramatised on TV before.)

By the time he was released from prison in late 2007, reports estimated that he completed between 150 and 200 pieces of his charcoal-lead drawings.

And he was considered rehabilitated enough to contribute actively to the Yellow Ribbon Project.

As life would have it, two weeks after he was out of prison, Frankie was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer and doctors gave him only a few years to live.

He refused treatment initially, due to a lack of cash, but the doctors at Tan Tock Seng Hospital said they would cure him anyway.

In the end,the government subsidised for his surgery,chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Since his final release from prison, Frankie has contributed his artworks to fund-raising events organised by the Yellow Ribbon Project and Singapore Cancer Society.

Today, Frankie is 62 years old.

He makes an average of $1,000 a month and stays in a one-room flat and sleeps on the floor. Whatever he makes from his art, he uses it for his medical treatment.

And guess what? He is on the wrong side of the law again.

He was caught on March 13 with more than 7kg of contraband cigarettes that was bought in Geylang, which he was planning to resell for a profit.

He claims to be in financial difficulty having spent a lot on his medical treatment and suffered losses when he opened an art gallery.

So what is his punishment this time?

He is fined $40,000 for his current offence and has since paid $10,000, and will pay the balance in monthly installments of $1,000.

In other words, a dying man is required to pay for a fine that otherwise might be used to pay for his medical treatment.

This is Frankie:

Frankie Chang Inn Kong

This man is utterly talented, has limited time left and we here at New Nation really don’t know what to make of it.

Should we pool some cash to tide him over? Will that be the right thing for society to do?

I lost my wife to cancer

I lost my wife to cancer

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An excerpt from Sharing Plates, a cookbook featuring stories of people dealing with cancer, and recipes that suit cancer patients.

Scroll to the bottom for details on how you can get the book. This is a Final-Year Project by students from the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information.

IT IS unnerving meeting a person to talk about his late wife. Yet, when Simon first steps into the café, he flashes us a smile that immediately puts us at ease. This is a man who has found peace within himself, even after having lost the love of his life to cancer.

Settling comfortably in with his tea, Simon calmly begins to recount the story of how he met Pei Kie in Middlesex University London some 18 years ago, colouring his tale with details only a man in love would remember: the cartoon drawing he first stuck onto Pei Kie’s school locker, their first movie together, “Mrs Doubtfire”, and the good old British fish & chips they shared after.

We ask Simon for the one thing that he remembers most about Pei Kie and without hesitation, he tells us: “She was absolutely impeccable and pure.” Simon proceeds to illustrate how his belief in her character was further affirmed when he found out that she had filled her whole life neatly away for him while going through her things after she had passed away.

“I remember all the things she told me about herself that had happened before we met. And I look into her diary, and it’s all there. There was nothing she never told me. I could look through the nice boxes she kept from when we were dating as students and I would see receipts from every restaurant we ate at… the whole memory is there.”

Inevitably, we talk about how cancer had changed both Simon and Pei Kie’s lives. When Pei Kie was first diagnosed with stage 3 stomach cancer in 2007, the couple lived life as normally as they could. “We did not give the cancer any respect because it did not deserve it. We told ourselves there was nothing to stop the way we wanted to live,” Simon says adamantly.

Photographs of Pei Kie reveal a slender young woman with a cheery smile. “She’s a pretty girl and you don’t expect her to be tough,” Simon proudly remembers, “all the doctors said they had never seen anyone fight for so long. She refused to give up; she was that determined. Even up to her last breath, she was still fighting.”

To remember Pei Kie’s courage and determination to fight cancer, Simon has started the “In Her Shoes”  event, an art and music event that aims to raise funds for various local cancer organisations as well as to celebrate her life and optimism. Why the name “In Her Shoes”? Simon explains that it is because Pei Kie used to have a pair of lime green Nike’s which she travelled a lot in. “She had them in all the photos. The exhibition is very much like travelling with her. A lot of it is inspred by her lime green shoes.”

As Simon talks about Pei Kie, we feel as though we know this amazing woman personally. Someone who never gave up, who was true in everything she did, and gave as much as she could to the people she loved. “We pretty much grew up together and learnt about life from each other,” Simon muses, “She will always be a part of me. If it wasn’t for her, I would have turned out differently.”

Simon’s Chunky Tomato Soup (serves two)

What you will need
500g of tomatoes
60g of red onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp of dried basil leaves
250ml of vegetable stock
170g of tomato puree
250ml of water
1 handful of coriander leaves, finely chopped
Pepper and sea salt to taste

Wash the tomatoes, run boiling water over it and let it soak for a few minutes before draining and peeling off the skin. Cut the tomatoes into small chunks.
In a deep saucepan, heat the olive oil and sauté the onion and garlic on medium heat till they are soft.
Add in the tomato chunks and basil, cook on low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
Add in the vegetable stock and let it simmer for another 5 minutes.
Add in the tomato puree and water, cover it but leave a little gap to avoid over boiling.
Simmer it on low heat for about 10 minutes, with regular stirring and checking.
When soup is brought down to the thickness you prefer, add in enough sea salt to your taste.
Sprinkle pepper and coriander leaves and serve with some croutons.

Lycopene found in tomatoes is a vital antioxidant that helps in the fight against cancerous cell formation. The lycopene-content is higher in cooked tomatoes, rather than raw ones.

To purchase this book, head down to Borders (Parkway Parade) this Saturday and Sunday (2nd and 3rd April) from 11am to 8pm. They will also make an appearance at Borders (Wheelock) next weekend (9th and 10th April), 11am to 8pm.

You can also purchase it online here. All proceeds will go to the NCC Foundation.

To meet the team behind the book and sample the recipes in it, head down to NTU next Monday (4th April). More details about this event here.