Here is an individual I can identify with, but not because our situations are exactly the same. On the contrary, I was considered a "success" in my early life in Singapore. Now, I would probably be considered a "dud".
Thankfully, if there is anything I have learned from my time here in the USA, I'm not going to let this damage my sense of self-worth. Nowadays, I am fairly confident where my talents lie, what I am good at, what I can potentially pick up, and how quickly. Most importantly, I am also more aware of what I am comfortable doing, what I am willing to compromise on, and more aware of my sense of self. The latter, quite frankly, does not feature highly on the list of priorities with the powers-that-be in Singapore. Their loss:
The things I can empathize with were:
His inability to return home to attend his grandmother's funeral. The same happened with me and then again with my grandfather's passing. Thankfully, my parents were understanding of my reasons why I could not make it both times.
His feelings as an individual getting trampled on as a "non-performer". I've always felt that way, even if I could be "rated" as "good". In all my time, in Singapore and in the USA, I have encountered individuals who may not do well or even be educated, but whose talent and sharp intelligence shines through in conversation.
Turning to a recent source of annoyance on Facebook - I wonder if the idiots venerating the other idiots who enjoy (and write about) calling other people "bozos", would have referred to Mr. Lim in the article as one too?