The 1988 ST article which disappeared
As posted earlier, one of the articles which disappeared online is the following. Click to enlarge and read it. As you can see it was scanned from a hard copy of the article. The ST issue is no longer available online. The entire ST issue for 20th August 1988 has been taken down from NewspaperSG.
As stated previously, the article says that Patrick Tan was already in Harvard studying even before he was awarded President’s Scholar. So I’m not sure about what to make of all those claims that he was granted disruption primarily because he was President Scholar. Perhaps he was notified of this award much earlier, but I have no idea when the PSC panel which awards the President Scholarship makes their decision. Other newspaper articles say that President Scholarship for males is awarded and judged partly on the individual’s performance in their National Service, so the big question of course is how much earlier could the young Patrick Tan have been informed of the impending President’s Scholar award? Can someone tell me when awardees are usually notified?
A more comprehensive post will be put up later on this.