The serial plagiarist

 

Ahirudin ”Rocky” Attan, through his lawyer Edmund Bon filed their defence in the case New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd and four others Vs Ahirudin bin Attan, at the brand new Palace of Justice, earlier this afternoon.

In this defence, it is argued that plantiff No. 5, Brenden John A/L John Pereira plagiarised Mitch Albom’s “Remembering the day before the day”, published by Detroit Free Press (www.pressp.com), 10 September 2007 to his own in The News Straits Times titled “How dearly we missed June 6”.

New evidence has been presented in Rocky’s defence, on top of the infamous Brenden Pereira’s “Albomation” episode, which drew so much attention to Rocky’s Bru (www.rockybru.blogspot.com).

In Pereira’s writings in The News Straits Times, 3 July 2006 titled “Life played out on a football pitch” against the original work of “Whatever it takes: In pursuit of the Perfect 10” published by CNN (www.cnn.com ) on 10 April 2006.

CNN.com

Brenden Pereira

“Sports remain a great metaphor for life’s most difficult lessons. It was through athletics that many of us came to understand that fear can be tamed.; that on a team the whole is more than the sum of its parts; and that the ability to be heroic lies within. – Susan Casey, former managing editor of Sports Illustrated Women.”

“SPORT remains a great metaphor for life’s most difficult lessons. It is through football that many of us came to understand that fear can be tamed; that for a team the whole is more than the sum of its parts; and that the ability to be heroic lies within.”

 

ANGOLA – Greater Goal: Healing a War-Torn Land written by Henning Mankell and published by National Geographic (www.nationalgeographic.com) June 2006.

Nationalgeographic.com

Brenden Pereira

“But it is in the very nature of soccer to be unpredictable. If it were not the case that

underdogs can sometimes defeat the predicted winners, soccer would be uninteresting.”

“It is in the very nature of soccer to be unpredictable. If it were not the case that

underdogs can sometimes defeat the predicted winners, soccer would be uninteresting. The same goes for life.”


In the defence, Rocky has listed the characteristic of the plagiarism:

1. Copying or paraphrasing other people’s work and/or original ideas as own’s, without proper acknowledgments

2. Verbatim: Literal usage of words from other people’s works and/or original ideas as own’s without proper acknowledgments

3. Paraphrasing other people’s works and/or original ideas with a little amendments or re-copy the structure of the train of thoughts as own’s without proper acknowledgments

With this, it is exposed what sort of journalist has Brenden Pereira been appointed to a top NST position before he left last December. It is safe to say he is a “serial plagiarist”.

This story about what Pereira did would put to shame the other ethical journalists on the World Press Day, celebrated today, in commemoration Freedom of Press.

Published in: on May 3, 2007 at 22:48  Comments (10)