Malaysian Media Matters (MMM) last week detailed in three consecutive blog postings a prima facie case for plagiarism in The Star.
A columnist in the MCA-owned tabloid had apparently lifted passages verbatim from The Daily Mail (UK paper), from The New York Times, from a Yahoo! article, from a UK property website, from trade journal Psychology Today, from a professional guide to resume writing, from the work of a professor in a Columbia University publication, and likely from many more sources … but who’s counting.
Ref: Blogger uppercaise (cited viz. MMM above) on
Up till now, all quiet on the Starry front still.
The paper seems to think that by pretending to be a blur sotong in refusing to issue any statement or apology, nobody would be any the wiser.
This buat tak tahu attitude merely mirrors the paper’s credo of adamantly living in its own Lalaland.
For the moment, the plagiarism is only being highlighted by a small handful of blogs.
But nonetheless, it has already caught the attention of a University of Nottingham lecturer. I wouldn’t be surprised if the said lecturer makes a case study of out this in-denial syndrome of The Star as his teaching material. Congrats to the paper.
Congrats too, MCA
Just as how Buletin Mutiara reflects DAP, and Selangor Times reflects the Pakatan Chinatown clique, The Star reflects MCA (those times when its conflicting inner-self Rocket mode is successfully subdued).
You might remember the July 8 debate between MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek and DAP sec-gen Kim Guan Eng who wagged his finger several times rebuking “Shame on you”.
Why is The Star behaving in this way?
Is it because it is a child of the MCA — bapa borek anak rintik?
Below is a tweet by the paper’s Most Favourite Person aka the DAP Subang Jaya state assemblyman expounding on the “shameless” leitmotif that is DAP’s signature tune.
The Star‘s behaviour is not all the inexplicable really.
It in only keeping with the nature of the beast that panders to twits and promotes the founts of Twitdom with a missionary zeal. This plagiarism episode is demonstrably The Star finding its level, that’s all.
Do you really expect higher standards of a daily that habitually licks the likes of public relations executives (career field of the aforementioned plagiarizing columnist) and “event planners” (ex-career field of the personality cult proselytized by the paper) as exemplars of A Brave New Malaysia and elevating these twittering individuals to its own brand of ‘Star’dom?
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