'Awesome' racist jokes lands SIM student in trouble

SINGAPORE - The National University of Singapore (NUS), the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) and the police are investigating a YouTube video of a drunk student making racist jokes.

The first-year SIM student, Justin Wee, 24, was captured on video spewing vulgarities and passing derogatory comments on Malays and Indians, The Straits Times reported.

There were also other voices in the video egging the student to tell "more Malay jokes or Indian jokes", to which the student responded: "My racist jokes damn awesome right?"

In the video, Mr Wee was unable to sit up properly and was propped up by a friend.

The SIM student told The Straits Times that he had joined a dance team at the NUS annual Rag Day and that the jokes were told when he was drunk.

The New Paper reported that an SIM spokesman had said that the school was "appalled by what we see on the video." The university is also deliberating on an appropriate disciplinary action.

NUS also confirmed with The Straits Times that the video was shot by an NUS student, and that the students involved in the video have been reprimanded for their behaviour.

Mr Wee meanwhile sent out an email statement of apology on Monday expressing regret for his comments in the video.

In his email, he said that he realised the video was on YouTube the day after the incident and his requests to make the video private were ignored.

He admitted that he was a "fool not to insist on it", the paper said.

abrahamr@sph.com.sg

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