John Milton once said: “Copy from one, its plagiarism;
copy from two, its research.” This famous quote
ironically refl ects learners’ views about plagiarism.
How do tutors view plagiarism? Let’s fi nd out!
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
Tutors play a leading role in guiding learners when it
comes to assignments and proper referencing. This can be
communicated during face-to-face tutorials as well as online
discussion forums. It is important for tutors to constantly
remind learners to shun any form of plagiarism. This can be
achieved by hammering home the severe penalties which
learners may suffer from if caught plagiarising.
If learners are caught plagiarising, immediate enforcement
is crucial to show that we are treating it seriously. It would
be a painful lesson for the learners but they would learn
from it. Fear of punishment is a good deterrent and should
be utilised to affect positive change.
Dr Kuan Soon Lye
Permatang Pauh Learning Centre
CULTURE OF PLAGIARISM
Plagiarism is not a new issue and in fact has become
entrenched as a form of negative culture among many
learners. The values of integrity and honesty are not
honoured; as long as assignments are submitted on time, the
ends justify the means.
This culture of plagiarism is perpetuated as a result of poor
attitude among the learners. With work and family to worry
about, coupled with poor time management and study
skills, they are tempted to take the easy way out through
When they do this, they miss the opportunity to do real
research. Naturally, our learners will not be experts in their
fi eld of learning if this culture persists. This will refl ect badly
on the university’s reputation. As guardians of learning, it is our duty to ensure that plagiarism is nipped in the bud
before it affects the academic integrity of the institution.
Haji Mohamad Umbaik bin Ismail
Petaling Jaya Learning Centre
LIKE TEACHER, LIKE LEARNER
Sometimes the learners are not entirely to blame when itcomes to plagiarism. True, they are the ones who commit
the crime, but were they the ones who condoned it in the
fi rst place? Apparently, schools today condone such acts
of plagiarism by allowing, or worse, “teaching” learners to
“copy and paste” information for the sake of completing the
coursework. Surprisingly, the teachers actually spoonfeed
the learners with information and appeal to the weaker ones
to just copy. Isn’t this an encouragement to plagiarise?
If Malaysia wants to have world-class education standards,
then we need to educate our learners from young to be
honest and critical in their quest for knowledge. We as
educators should play our part as role models to ensure
that our learners inherit good learning and research habits
Anna Mary Perumal
Sibu Learning Centre