In response to Education Minister Ong Ye Kung’s controversial statement that only 30% of Singaporeans can be a degree holder, a local NTU undergrad known as @kyleriiiil on Twitter brazenly remarked that non-degree holders ought to take up low-skilled jobs such as a cleaner or work for McDonald’s.
In his tweets, @kyleriiil, or whose real name we found to be “Khairil Bin Sari”, brazenly tweeted, “If everyone is a degree holder, who is gonna serve you at McDonald’s?”, implying that non-degree holders deserve lower-wage employment.
In a twist of irony, the undergraduate student has his university education fully funded by Mendaki’s Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy (TTFS) scheme which subsidies 100% of the tuition fees of students from low-income families.
With much of Mendaki’s funding relying on the common taxpayer and contributions from the working people of our community, many of whom probably don’t have have a degree, the student has spit on the hands that has helped provide for his education.
If government policies choose to restrict higher education to a small percentage of our society, (for the narrow sake of the economy, as always) it is no surprise that we are seeing ill-mannered individuals like this crawling out of the woodwork and believing that they are on a pedestal, looking down on the working man and woman who built this country.