The President of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has apologized for the school’s handling of a controversial move to remove Chinese wordings from the signboards of one of its canteens and supermarkets.

A week ago, it was reported that canteen operators at the North Spine canteen in NTU were asked to remove all Chinese words from their signs ahead of their recontract period. The matter came under investigation after the move was reported to the media by a whistleblower, sparking an uproar among its alumni and Singapore netizens.

The statement to the media issued today stated that the university would be forming a 5 member panel to investigate the matter in 6 to 8 weeks. The university is committed, it says, to hold to account any staff found to have acted contrary to NTU policies and values.

“I wish to put on public record and to reassure everyone that there is no policy at NTU that prohibits the use of Chinese language on signboards at food stalls or retail spaces. The initial findings show that the problems arose as a result of instructions given to food court operators to present their signages in English only. This action was not sanctioned through any NTU policy,” wrote the statement.

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