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Bernama plagiarises Malaysiakini’s Karpal story?

Sat 2012-Oct-27 @ +08 03:31:05 am

A Malaysiakini story by Susan Loone about Karpal Singh’s remarks on DAP election policy has apparently been plagiarised by Bernama and carried by at least four news sites online.

The story was used at varying lengths by Malaysian Insider and the online editions of The Star, Sin Chew Daily and the Malay Mail, and also reproduced on many other web sites and blogs.

The apparent plagiarism by Bernama comes two days after this blog reported on an apparent plagiarism by the Information Ministry of a two-year-old anonymous blog article containing anti-Semitic remarks and a smear of Anwar Ibrahim. See » Govt ‘plagiarises’ anti-Jewish blog article Bernama, the government-funded national news agency, is a statutory body that also comes under the purview of the Information Ministry.

It was too late to get any information from Bernama or the other papers when this came to light late last night.

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Utusan Online carried two takes of Bernama’s Malay version, apparently translated from the Malaysiakini report. Bernama Online itself carried only a four-paragraph English version.

Of the other major news sites, Athi Shankar of Free Malaysia Today filed his own report, as did Edward Lee of The Sun and Sobana Damodaran of ntv7. The New Straits Times carried a different Karpal Singh statement about an Islamic state.

The story credited to Bernama is almost a word-for-word duplicate of Susan Loone’s piece for Malaysiakini. Below are side-by-side comparisons of the Malaysiakini original and the version published by Malaysian Insider.

Malaysiakini

DAP reps with two seats told to opt for one
Susan Loone
1:57PM Oct 26, 2012
DAP national chairperson Karpal Singh has called on party representatives who hold two seats to declare they would opt for only one in the coming general election.

Karpal said the party’s central executive committee (CEC) at one of its meetings have agreed by consensus that only in “exceptional” cases should a candidate hold two seats, that is, a state and a parliamentary seat.

He added that he had suggested that chief and party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng be considered as one of the exceptions.

“The word exceptional should be used in its fullest import. It is important for those holding two seats themselves (currently) to publicly declare they will opt for one seat.

“They should do so in the interest of Pakatan Rakyat in particular,” said Karpal, at a press conference in Farlim, today.

However, Karpal said it was up to the CEC to decide which seat the candidates should give up.

He added that this should not be difficult as it was not in the public’s interest to run for a state and a parliamentary seat at the same time.

He recalled that in the past, former Penang Chief Minister Lim Chong Eu had surrendered one of his seats to concentrate on the state administration.

Chong Eu was then the assemblyperson for Padang Kota and MP for Tanjung.

“MCA has declared that they are on war footing. Likewise, Pakatan should also try to achieve that,” said the Bukit Gelugor MP.

“On the other hand, there are exceptions, like for the CM, he could handle directly issues between federal and state governments,” added the veteran lawyer.

No candidates shortage

The DAP has nine representatives holding two seats, three of whom are in Penang – Lim, Deputy Chief Minister P Ramasamy and state DAP chief Chown Kon Yeow.

Ramasamy (left) is Batu Kawan MP and Prai assemblyperson, while Chow is MP for Tanjung and assemblyperson for Padang Kota.

Meanwhile, Karpal said there should not be any difficulties to surrender seats as the DAP was now no longer short of candidates.

“We have grown in leaps and bounds and have many potential candidates. In 1990, when we vied for the state government in Penang, we who held two seats, like me and Lim Kit Siang, gave up our safe seats,” he said.

Karpal said he had then given up Bukit Gelugor, which was a state seat, and Kit Siang had surrendered Kampung Kolam for Padang Kota to face former Chief Minister Koh Tsu Koon.

“This call is not to cause any uneasiness but it would be in the best interest of the party and to potential candidates now, who are qualified and have shown interest,” he said.

Malaysian Insider

DAP reps with two seats should opt for just one: Karpal
13th general election News 2012-10-26 16:20
GEORGE TOWN, Oct 26 (Bernama) — DAP chairman Karpal Singh has called on party representatives who hold two seats to declare they would opt for only one in the next general election.

Karpal said the party’s central executive committee (CEC) at one of its meetings had agreed by consensus that only in “exceptional” cases should a candidate hold two seats (a state and a parliamentary seat).

He added that he had suggested that Penang chief minister who is also the DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng be considered as one of the exception.

“The word exceptional should be used in its fullest import. It is important for those holding two seats to publicly declare they will opt for one seat.

“They should do so in the interest of Pakatan Rakyat in particular,” Karpal told reporters here today, adding that it was up to the CEC to decide which seat the candidates should give up.

He recalled that in the past, former Penang Chief Minister Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu who was then the assemblyman for Padang Kota and Member of Parliament for Tanjung, surrendered one of his seats to concentrate on the state.

“MCA has declared that they are on war footing. Likewise, Pakatan should also try to achieve that.

“On the other hand, there are exceptions, like for the Chief Minister (Lim Guan Eng), he could directly handle issues between federal and state governments,” Karpal said.

The DAP has nine representatives holding two seats, three of whom are in Penang, namely Guan Eng, Deputy Chief Minister P. Ramasamy and state DAP chief Chow Kon Yeow.

Karpal said there should not be any difficulty to surrender seats as the DAP was now no longer short of candidates.

“DAP has grown by leaps and bounds unlike in the early 70s, there are so many people now qualified enough to be elected representatives.

“In 1990, when we vied for the state government in Penang, those who held two seats, like me and Lim Kit Siang, gave up our safe seats,” he said.

Karpal said he had then given up Bukit Gelugor, which was a state seat, and Kit Siang had surrendered Kampung Kolam for Padang Kota to face former Chief Minister (Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon).

 

BERNAMA ONLINE
GEORGE TOWN, Oct 26 (Bernama) — DAP chairman Karpal Singh has called on party representatives who hold two seats to declare they would opt for only one in the next general election.

Karpal said the party’s central executive committee (CEC) at one of its meetings had agreed by consensus that only in “exceptional” cases should a candidate hold two seats (a state and a parliamentary seat).

He added that he had suggested that Penang chief minister who is also the DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng be considered as one of the exception.

“The word exceptional should be used in its fullest import. It is important for those holding two seats to publicly declare they will opt for one seat.

“They should do so in the interest of Pakatan Rakyat in particular,” Karpal told reporters here Friday, adding that it was up to the CEC to decide which seat the candidates should give up.
— BERNAMA

 

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