First World Parliament but where is the Integrity? – by Davian Lee

Being a first world parliament seems to be the buzz word for political parties but no one really knows what being first world really means? Worst still, in particular one political party is finding it difficult to reconcile fundamental principles such as integrity and credibility let alone being able to grasp more abstract concepts such the “first world”.

First the scandals and affairs and now plagiarising! Why did Chen Show Mao use someone else’s article ? Why is he keeping quiet again ?

Former high-flying civil servant Donald Low posted a really interesting Facebook note called “Vikram Nair’s flawed economics”.

Shortly after, Show Mao posted his own Facebook “Economics 101” update. He said some friends had written to him. But it read – word for word – almost exactly like Donald Low’s article!

In response to criticism of Show Mao, Donald Low posted a comment: 

“Donald Low’s FC Just to clear the air, I sent these comments to a few people, including Show Mao, and said they should feel free to use these without attribution. So I have no problems with the post not mentioning the source. Later on, I turned my comments into a note which I posted on my FB page. Perhaps I should have told Show Mao that I was doing that so that he can point his update to my note. My apologies to all.”

Why did Chen Show Mao use Donald Low’s article without giving credit? In good universities (including NUS, NTU, SMU, UniSIM, Oxford, Harvard and Stanford), it is proper to give credit even when the original author waives the right. Even Wikipedia asks for credit to be given !And Chen Show Mao isn’t exactly a half-baked “scholar” from PRC.

This may explain why Show Mao is sometimes quiet and a bit generic in Parliament but has such good material on Facebook. Maybe he has a small army of uncredited writers. It is hard to tell when he uses material without giving credit.

I am very disappointed with Show Mao. I had expected First World standards of academic transparency. A man of his CV shouldn’t feel the need to deprive good writers of recognition. Is this what Wei Zheng would have done? 😦

I am also worried about Donald, who used to be one of the brighter minds in the civil service. His Facebook page has followers. It is no longer viewable to everybody. 😦 😦

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Hopefully WP or Show Mao has not intimidated Donald into silence. It would be a great loss to online discourse.

Did Chen Show Mao purposely “sabo” Donald by not attributing (even though Donald’s article was obviously uploaded already), so that Donald would have to publicly support Show Mao? Is this what Wei Zheng would have done? Maybe Donald is CSM’s alter-ego? With so much twists and turns, this is indeed turning out to be a full length drama serial with the biggest ingredient found lacking – integrity and credibility

Whatever happened to Chen Show Mao, Our Man Of Tomorrow? Where is our Wei Zheng? 😦 😦 😦

Vikram’s “Flawed Economics”

Donald Low on CSM’s page


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