The Star Columnist Dawn Jeremiah Plagiarism Controversy

The Star columnist Dawn Jeremiah was accused of plagiarism for her articles published in The Star Malaysia way back in the year 2012.

A couple of Dawn Maria Jeremiah’s articles were found to have copied directly from various sources that include articles from Yahoo website, Psychology Today, an essay by a Columbia University professor, and even a humor website.

When I first published this blog post in 2012, it went viral via LowYat forum.

Then I was requested to remove the original post by Malaysia Computer Emergency Response Team (MyCERT).

By the way, it is definitely not because of plagiarism.

As according to MyCert, the content of the post was inappropriate and abusive.

Well, it is not my intention to taunt and squib and deride anyone.

But as they say the truth hurts, period.

The Star Columnist Dawn Jeremiah

The Star columnist Dawn Jeremiah

Actually, I just summarized and rewrote what I had read about The Star columnist Dawn Jeremiah’s alleged plagiarized writing from this blog Uppercaise.

Anyway, there was no oversight on my part of not citing the sources, not like this The Star contributor.

When I first read it, I was beyond flabbergasted.

I refused to believe the online allegations and exposé, even till today.

Lately when I googled ‘Jeremiah Dawn‘, I am impressed with her academic qualifications:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Sloan School of Management, San Francisco State University and International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

She is a vice president, marketing & e-commerce with an US-based outfit in Singapore.

Frankly, I am still shell-shocked!


All the alleged plagiarized articles by Dawn Jeremiah as published in The Star newspaper are still available online till today (2020).

So are the original articles which she was accused of copying from.

I think three of the articles from her fortnightly column “Living The Moment” have been removed by The Star online site.

They all lead to 404 pages.

But with the help from The Wayback Machine, you can still read all of them, as they were.

If you want to know whether all the accusations and allegations of Dawn Jeremiah plagiarism is true or other wise, then read and compare them.

I assure you would be equally shell-shocked.

So far, The Star newspaper did not offer any explanation.

Dawn Maria Jeremiah did so-called apologized in her Facebook posting back then, for not having attributed any source for her article.

She did not acknowledge having lifted material from articles published by others.

She said it was an oversight that the sources were not cited within the article and this was never an intention by her or anyone involved.

So, are all the rampant allegations of The Star columnist Dawn Jeremiah plagiarism, true or not?

You can find out more details from Dawn Jeremiah plagiarism allegations of her articles In The Star.

Plagiarism Case In Malaysia

Talking about plagiarism case in Malaysia, Dawn Jeremiah is not the only one who was accused of it.

Remember back in 2009, there was this shameful case of plagiarism from Malaysia, which the whole wide world know about.

There is this then young Malaysian writer Adeline Lee Zhia Ern.

One of her stories titled “Define Happiness” from her first book “Lethal Lesson and Other Stories” published by Silverfish Books, was caught or plagiarizing.

Adeline Lee’s story was nearly identical to the story “Happiness” by Sarah Provençal from Jack Canfield’s “Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul IV: More Stories of Life, Love and Learning” published in 2004.

You can still find this embarrassing report many websites, including Wikipedia page of Chicken Soup For The Soul.

Note: You can read/download the FREEChicken Soup for the Teenage Soul IV. More Stories of Life, Love and Learning” over here or here.

In 2006, the then New Straits Times (NST) group editor Brendan Pereira A/L John Pereira who plagiarized the work of Mitch Albom, who is better known for his book “Tuesday With Morris“.

Mitch Albom’s column,Remembering the Day before the Daypublished in Detroit Free Press on the September 10, 2006.

Mr. Pereira published his article title “How Dearly We Miss June the Sixth” in NST on October 30, 2006.

You can see the similarity here.

Another two of Brendan Pereira’s writing which was exposed for plagiarism can be find here.

Unfortunately, Malaysia is also notorious of academic plagiarism.

These days you can check for plagiarism free online.

“…believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it; doubt everything, but don’t doubt of yourself.” – André Gide

“Croyez ceux qui cherchent la vérité, doutez de ceux qui la trouvent.” (French)

(So Be It: Or, The Chips Are Down (Ainsi Soit-il; Ou, Les Jeux Sont Faits) by André Gide, Translated From French To English By Justin O’Brien, London: Chatto & Windus, 1960, P. 146) source

(The quote in French is found in: Poésie: Journal (1917 à 1949) Feuillets D’automne. Et Nune Manet In Te. Ainsi Soit-il; Ou, Les Jeux sont Faits By André Gide, Paris: Gallimard, 1952, P. 970) source

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