Monday, January 22, 2007

We Will Rock You: The Plagiarist Story

Buddy you're a boy make a big noise
Playin in the street gonna be a big man some day
You got mud on yo face
You big disgrace
Kickin your can all over the place

We will we will rock you (2x)

Buddy youre a young man hard man
Shoutin in the street gonna take on the world some day
You got blood on yo face
You big disgrace
Wavin your banner all over the place

We will we will rock you (2x)

Buddy youre an old man poor man
Pleadin with your eyes gonna make you some peace some day
You got mud on your face
You big disgrace
Somebody better put you back in your place

We will we will rock you (2x)

-- Queen, Live Killer (1979)

Still for Rocky

On Thursday Jan 25th, NST, Kali & Gang are seeking to censure truth through an inparte injunction on Rocky's Bru. If they manage to, Rocky would have to remove some 48 of his postings. I do not care of any injunction. I will report it here. As far as I am concern, Kalimutu is a protected criminal and should be treated accordingly. And, I am a penembak curi (unknown sniper).
Go ahead and sue, that will be fun.

In "Freedom", I commented that one likely trouble issue is Rocky's comment on Kalimullah in "Ah! Nuraina A Samad!". Jeff Ooi expanded in his posting "Why Kalimullah didn't die a 'bloody death'". That is likely to upset the power at be.

In this posting, I wish to cover another one - the Brendan Plagiarist saga of award winning Mitch Albom work. The inclusion of Syed Faisal is a dead giveaway that this could be the real McCoy. With the CEO in, then NST has to be in and NST will foot the legal bill for these cheapskates. Off course, why not help jobless Brendan, the protected criminal's accomplice.

Rocky made a posting "Brendan Meets Albom" on Oct 31st, 2006. On the same date, Jeff posted a more detailed "How we dearly miss Brendan by 50 Albom days" entry. Brendan copied without any acknowledgement, you can read from
here. Thats plagiarism. Off course, unless the judge says otherwise. But I am sure we can visually judge for ourselves.

Rocky and Jeff gave a rather moderate pursuit to it. Rocky posted on that same day "The Letter the Plagiarist Won't Print". While Jeff posted "The YOU in Journalism" on Nov 1st, and "Plagiarism: Views of 'foreigners' who know Malaysia" on Nov 2nd. On that same date, NST announced Brendan depature on Dec. 31st to be replaced by Syed Nazri.
On the announcement of his departure, Rocky commented:


Long chat with The Plagiarist. Hishamuddin Aun and Syed Faisal Albar had a long chat with disgraced NST group editor Brendan Pereira at the Balai Berita yesterday.

This morning, what they discussed appeared in the news here: "New Group Editor for NST".

Dream on. For as long as the other Singapore-trained operative Kalimullah Hassan who planted Brendan at the NST, who is responsible for the NST's current state and who is the author of the June 11 lies, remains as the Editorial Adviser and Deputy Chairman of the NSTP, and continues to rule men like Hisham and Syed Faisal, the decline continues.

Jeff posted as below:

Brendan 'Albom' Pereira leaving NST... finally? (Update version)

Two days after Brendan Pereira was outed for having plagiarised Detroit Free Press' Mitch Albom in his October 31 article attacking Mahathir, The NST announced yesterday that Syed Nadzri Syed Harun will replace him as the Group Editor from January 1, 2007.

During the transition, Syed will be appointed Group Editor designate on December 1.

There had been many crying-wolves about Brendan leaving The NST in the last two years, but he stayed on because PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi still needed him, or so the media circle says.
However, according to
Rocky's Bru, The NSTP Group Editor-in-Chief Hishamuddin Aun and CEO Syed Faisal Albar had a long chat with the disgraced NST Group Editor at the Balai Berita yesterday, and the inevitable decision was arrived at.

Will Singapore Straits Times take him back? Does Scomi have an opening for communications specialist?

Only this time, Malaysian bloggers and blog commenters have helped update his resume.

And, Jeff updated with BBC News coverage entitled "Malaysian editor in plagiarism row". This had an interesting twist because NST demand a retraction from BBC News. The held ground with Jonathan Kent's report. I am still waiting to see if they have the balls to sue those Mat Salleh. Calling MI6, 4K here. How do you read me?

Syed Faisal unreservedly (I love that word. Don't you, NST?) defended Mr Plagiarist. I quote the news report:

"He is one of the best group editors we have had in a long time," Syed Faisal said, adding that as far as the NSTP was concerned, on the allegations of plagiarism "our position is very clear; it is not. The other piece did not revolve around the Prime Minister of Malaysia or former Prime Minister. Our content was original."

This looks likely to be a case of "what we said in private" against "what you wrote". Even if it is different, Rocky and Jeff wrote in an opinion space and its nothing venomous, to use Brendan's favourite pun.

Common, pleaseee... Gossips and rumours speculating on people's position and movement in the workplace and public offices is common. So, the two blog brothers had it in writing. But they were professional enough not to pluck it from the air.

Isn't blogging a virtual version of kedai kopi gossip? Enter on your own accord.

Back to the law, what is so defamatory about it? Irrespective what Syed Faisal has to dutifully do, Brendan actually plagarised. Read the Copyright Law under Duty of Care please.

Does Kali and Brendan has an immaculate journalistic credentials? Read Cuit sikit here. Google and ask around for his journalistic resume. Both never made Editor before NST. Anything to shout about?

Ask every man on the street about NST. Every other person hated it and can notice the its obvious lies, spin, and venomous words. It is no more the prefered newspaper. NST has to really prove the damage it has caused the Company. It is already in the pits getting ready for the lion's lunch.

Look, this is just a personal issue of those criminals. Why drag the Company and spoil its reputation? The bad publicity will just deter clients. Smart CEO, ain't he?

The law is the law and it will take its own cause. The revolting part is the use of Singapore-style tactic, with convenient use of Money and Power, to suppress information. Bloggers United! No Fear!

We will we will rock you!

A Voice
Kuala Lumpur
January 24th, 2007 9:00 a.m.

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