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NUS professor "counselled" by university for Facebook posting on lesbianism

Published on Mar 5, 2014 2:30 PM
 
National University of Singapore (NUS) Associate Professor Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied, who drew criticism last week for referring to lesbianism as "cancers". In an e-mail to all faculty members, staff and students on Wednesday, NUS provost Tan Eng Chye said he had counselled Dr Khairudin, who acknowledged that his original post "reflected poor judgment in the tone and choice of words". -- FILE PHOTO: A. RAHMAN BASRUN

The National University of Singapore (NUS) professor who drew criticism last week for referring to lesbianism as "cancers" has been counselled by the university.

In an e-mail to all faculty members, staff and students on Wednesday, NUS provost Tan Eng Chye said he had counselled Associate Professor Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied, who acknowledged that his original post "reflected poor judgment in the tone and choice of words".

Prof Tan, who is also NUS deputy president of academic affairs, said Dr Khairudin's comments "contained provocative, inappropriate and offensive language".

This latest controversy, which comes in the midst of a wider debate over whether a Health Promotion Board advisory had normalised same-sex relationships, was sparked by a Facebook post by Dr Khairudin.

 
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