Two days ago a university orientation in Singapore made the headlines for the very wrong reason as well as landing in hot water with many readers around Singapore and Malaysia who deem it as disgusting and unacceptable. What am I talking about? I am talking about this which was featured in Asia One’s Edvantage.  And this article mentioned in STOMP’s What Bugs Me section 3 days ago. You know what? I couldn’t agree more with people who described this so-called bonding ragging (to some of you it would be also called hazing depending where you are from) activity as immature and disgusting and they have said it well. That goes the same with this blog post from Singapore Actually blog which has made a point that the orientation activity was sexist and sadistic.

As a blogger, I can tell you I never experienced those kind of appalling activities throughout my university years. Secondly, that activity held during the Singapore Institute of Management-University of London’s (SIM-UOL) orientation is considered not only sexist but also a case of sexual harassment taken too far in ragging to the point of traumatising those poor girls. Unfortunately, I hate to say this: ragging/hazing still exists in this day and age especially in some universities and colleges in Southeast Asia.

Honestly, whoever organised this activity should be punished to show others that ragging is not tolerated. If the organisers are senior or finaly-year university students, they should not be given a slap on the wrists. They should be punished by being suspended from university for a few weeks or a month and the university should come down hard and tough on ragging. I am not trying to be a spoilsport or a killjoy but ragging/hazing is considered a form of bullying regardless what form it takes (including dunking someone’s head in the toilet bowl against his will and licking some senior student’s shoes in humiliation) orientation or no orientation. Universities and tertiary institutes are places for people to gain knowledge not to be subjected to ragging or hazing by a bunch of so-called students who choose to be no better than a bunch of immature bullies who have no consideration for people’s feelings and well being.

What says you about the incident that happened during the Singapore Institute of Management-University of London’s (SIM-UOL) orientation? Do you think that everyone should not be kept in the dark on the issue of ragging or hazing in universities and colleges? What kind of punishments do you think would fit those organisers mentioned in Edvantage? Have or had you experienced ragging or hazing when you were or are studying at university or college? Do you believe tertiary institutes need to get tough on ragging and hazing? Opinions are welcomed.

Update: Just read on Asiaone.com that the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) has apologised for the recent orientation activity which drew flak from readers. Thank goodness the university took this matter seriously and I hope the incident will not repeat itself somewhere in the future.

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