On the allegations of plagiarism by its group editor Brendan Pereira, New Straits Times Press chief executive officer Syed Faisal Albar was quoted as saying that as far as the NSTP was concerned..."our position is very clear, it is not. The other piece not revolve around the prime minister of Malaysia or former prime minister. Our content was original."
What a joke! A silly joke, I may add.
Syed Faisal, who is not a journalist, does not understand what is plagiarism. Of course, the other piece did not revolve around Pak Lah or Tun Mahathir. A donkey can understand that. Plagiarism is plagiarism, whether it revolves around Pak Lah or otherwise.
As most people understand, plagiarism is using other's ideas and words without clearly acknowledging the source of that information.
"Plagiarism is the practice of (dishonestly) claiming or implying original authorship of material which one has not actually created, such as when a person incorporates material from someone else's work into his own work without attributing it." (Wikipedia)
That was what Brendan Pereira did and to say that it was not plagiarism is incorrect. May be Syed Faisal was directed by certain adviser, either official or not, to defend Pereira and NST.
Syed Faisal also said that Brendan Pereira is "one of the best group editors we have had in a long time." It is an insult to former group editors of the newspaper.