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VERIFIED: Another Suicide in NTU

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Verified: The second death in NTU has been confirmed as a suicide case and that just made everything even scary!!


11.40am: NTU President has sent an email to NTU population of this latest incident. But inside his email there is no further clarification on the cause of death. Also remained unknown is the nature of death whether it is suicide or by accident or natural death. I shall not come into any conclusion, but to express my condolences to the family of the passed-way. Another incident in NTU in not even a week. That’s creepy…

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students, 

It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that one of our colleagues, Mr Zhou Zheng, an infocomm project officer was found to have passed away in an apartment at Nanyang Heights at about 10.50pm on Friday, 6 March 2009. The Dean of Students, the university counselling professionals and other senior university officers were on site immediately to offer support and counsel.

The university is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our staff. Mr Zhou’s family has been notified. We are doing our utmost to help his family and friends, residents at Nanyang Heights and anyone in the NTU community that may be traumatised by what has happened in our campus this week.

The university board of trustees, management and the NTU community, send our heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Mr Zhou. We will extend every assistance to the family to help ease their pain.

We shall rally together and pull through this difficult period.



It has not been confirmed yet. I dare not to comment anything. But when I woke up this morning, 2 friends had told me about this incident that happened in Nanyang Height again.

Another jumping/suicide incident had happened in NTU. That makes it 2 cases not even in a full 1 week!!! Now that’s creepy!!

I had been worried that the previous incident might have effect or trigger a series of actions that has no return, hopefully this news is just some fake news.

Let’s pray. If not NTU will be full of haunted spirits. Or the management might decide to put safety nets all over the campus to aoivd these kind of incident again. I will keep you all posted on the updates.



Written by Boon Ming

March 7, 2009 at 10:47 am

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  1. no wonder i saw a police car when i were to go back msia ytd night around 11pm.

    y is ntu so scary nowadaysssssssss



    March 7, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    • whoa… so scary ler… this morning i woke up straight away saw two MSN windows on my laptop … … all talks about another suicide ler … scary la

      Boon Ming

      March 7, 2009 at 5:58 pm

  2. this is indeed spooky. go read st forum. the comments r even more interesting. lets hope there wun be a 3rd case.


    March 7, 2009 at 9:27 pm

  3. should consider some exorcism..


    March 8, 2009 at 6:27 am

    • exorcism the whole campus? =.=”

      Boon Ming

      March 8, 2009 at 1:45 pm

  4. I think if you’ve read several online news sites, he ‘did it’ due to the stress of finding a job in Singapore. It has become blatantly bleak for undergrads/grads to obtain a job these days.

    QUOTE: “… he searched for a job for several months…” and from what I know, a project officer in NTU earns very little.



    March 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    • thanks for pointing out the issue.. the thing is for the second case… he just got his job in NTU 1 week ago…

      why kill himself when he just got a job?? i mean.. if you’re stress coz you can’t find any work… why kill yourself after you just started your job?? though the payment may be low, but it is still better than no job right?

      furthermore, the time frame and the relation is just too weird and suspicious… both suicide incidents happened almost within the same department in the same school … and the timing is just too weird not to provoke any suspicions.. do you know that this project officer started working in the lab the day the student stabbed the professor and had himself killed???


      Boon Ming

      March 8, 2009 at 1:48 pm

      • I believe it’s a psychoanalytic aspect. I’m not reading any psychology courses but some of my sociological courses intertwine with anthropology. So let me give you my view. (though I argue that it is semantically not addressing the issue to its fullest degree.

        The thing is that, the initial suicide case that occurred may have catalyzed the effect of behavior: as G.H. Mead would put it – “…the internalized conversation of gestures or behavior that constitutes thinking. And only through the taking by individuals of the attitude or attitudes of the significant other is the existence of a universe of discourse, as that system of common or social meanings which thinking presupposes at its context, rendered possible.” Basically, I believe the sole purpose of him doing that is for a form of awareness and publicity. I’m very very positive that he may have written a note prior to his departure somewhere where the media (or more specifically, GOVERNMENT) is not releasing yet to the media. Recall Mas Selamat’s case, as the Gov’t took 4 hours to release the information to the public; and a recent event last year when the Gov’t forced NTU’s president to censor a chronicle publication for an opposition party member that visited NTU. Yeap. Damn true aye? So implicitly, the first victim actually gave a small degree of “courage” to do such act, as the 2nd victim internalized the values and thus becoming an individual reflection of the general recent patterns of social behavior – through the mechanism of his central nervous system; he takes towards himself, just as he takes the individual attitudes of others.

        The second victim assumes the role of the first victim and the severity of events including massive media awareness has spurred the his situation. I think that his family/peers may have been talking negatively about him on the issue of “why a 2nd Upper Hons student can’t get a job and took several months to get a decent enough job” and/or even other factors that may have occurred such as the low paying job over in NTU. I’m pretty sure of that. And Boon, I do not know that he started working on the same day of the suicide, but since he’s from the same department, I believe that maybe some classes, work etc. may have been canceled due to this event and he may have gone there with his colleagues to observe the situation where the suicide has taken place. Maybe he has been contemplating to do such an act for a long time, the recent incident may have evoked an element of lack of self worth.

        But there is plenty of room for more accurate and precise news; one of which SIngapore media WILL NOT release until everything has been like, Confirmed. If you’ve been to the army, I’m sure you know how things work bureaucratically and how the ‘invisible hand’ of the government plays a crucial role in everything ESPECIALLY in the media. Speculation is a common thing, but concretely putting faith in statements which does not have appropriate justification is, rumor.

        Thus I argue that the time frame is not ‘weird’, and the situational context and semantically speaking, both of them lead very different individual lives (the first is a student, scholarship revocation may have catalyzed the effect and the second is a 2nd upper graduate looking for a job). There’s no conspicuous relation here other than the narrow view of “suicide”. And yes, you said that “better than no job”. I agree. But remember, you’re being subjective. View things objectively, there is no “same person” or a “universal man” (Geertz, C. 1973). Everyone is culturally different. He is a China PR, maybe what he earns here is too little? Or not enough to pay back loans? Or is not classified as a job to repay back the T&A of the bond? So many factors are open to consideration. But I strongly believe its other factors, he has no reason to commit suicide after getting a job. A 2nd Class Hons graduate should HAVE the ability to think. What if it was a relationship breakup etc etc etc.

        Thank you for replying, I’m just sharing my views, elucidating the typical perspectives on the recent incidents in NTU. I’m a student there myself but, I’m not bias towards any entity. NTU may be wrong as well, but if I were to point to NTU, I might as well point to the Gov’t. Remember the overarching authority structure of the Gov’t. There are various views to this, and only if all are taken into consideration, ONLY THEN a proposition may be conjured: Sociological, psychological, economical, cultural, political, biological perspectives.

        Have a nice day.



        March 8, 2009 at 5:22 pm

        • well, Min… That for sure is one huge material to be digested!! lol

          just pointing out, that my view is purely some assumptions that simply created based on several facts recovered or reported by the media, and thus it surely has lots of holes and might not be even true…

          i am totally agree with the media freedom thing in Singapore… in fact, Singapore has much lower media freedom compared to neighbouring country for instance: Malaysia… well that’s not for us to argue because whatever the government is tryong to do they sure have their reasons and we would get into endless debate if we are trying to go on with it…

          back to the case.. i would ask again.. if he has the courage to end his life.. why won’t he has the courage to run back to his homeland??? he can simply borrow money, buy a flight ticket, back to his homeland and leave all the mess in Singapore behind… how’s that??

          Boon Ming

          March 8, 2009 at 6:24 pm

          • Well, I guess Zenov answered your question on the part of being bonded. However, yes I do agree he could make an allocation of time to head back to his homeland. But again, I bring in subjectivity when I’m discussing this. What I explain here may be in my context, what I feel may have caused him not to head back home. To explain this is to enter the perilous waters of uncertainty and qualitative research. Urgh… Not enough information, and let us be objective and stay on track with the information that is universally concrete in nature at the moment. 🙂


            March 8, 2009 at 6:43 pm

      • Som speculated matters flitted through my mind when i got the news.. How bout the possibility that Mr. Zhou Zheng also smell strong fish ( know something ) about DHW’s case…hehe…


        March 9, 2009 at 10:20 am

        • strong fish or weak fish… it doesn’t matter now…

          they are both dead fish now.. =.=”

          Boon Ming

          March 9, 2009 at 3:44 pm

  5. min: somehow i tink that viewing the poj lab officer job as ‘less desirable’ is only true in local context; what the ave sg-ean earns (1.5k – 3k) is definitely more than what the ave chinese earns.

    but i must say that the part abt not being able to afford to pay the loan could be a major factor. add in the fact he had to stay here for another 2 yrs to fulfill his bond…

    i suppose the frustrating part is the lack of info.

    anw, Boon, NTU is haunted as it is liaoz… with wat u haf as neighbours. haha… shdn’t u b used to the company oredi?? ;P


    March 8, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    • zenov…

      don’t mention again… goosebumps all over my body… hahaha

      anyway.. it’s really spooky…

      Boon Ming

      March 8, 2009 at 6:25 pm

      • and yes, I’m thankful I’m not in a hall.

        It gives me the creeps too man. I share your sentiments.


        March 8, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    • Hmm, I have a friend working in NTU HR department, and according to her, it only pays less than 2.6k. And the cost of residence is not included as well. And I apologize for my subjective explanation. It’s very hard to explain situations without research and in a 3rd person perspective. But I mentioned in response to Boon’s 1st reply that there is so many various aspects to integrate and analyze in order to conjure the primary cause of suicide. “not being able to pay the loan is just one aspect (economical perspective)”. It’s seriously tedious, guess thats where social scientists come in. And the fact that we may ‘assume’ 1.5k-3k is higher than the average PRC national earns; it may be higher, or lower or equal. Sorry dude, I’m in the social sciences, and we’re taught to never assume things, the taken for granted such as: common sense. 🙂 Thanks for contributing.


      March 8, 2009 at 6:50 pm

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