COA chief denies allegations of plagiarism

A KMT candidate said Chen Chi-chung plagiarized large parts of two articles written by a professor at National Taiwan University

Agriculture Minister Chen Chi-chung (陳吉仲) yesterday denied allegations that he plagiarized parts of a research project in 2012.

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) candidate Pai Chiao-yin (白喬茵) for Kaohsiung City Council wrote online that Chen plagiarized large parts of two research papers written by Lin Kuo-ching (林國慶), a professor Department of Agricultural Economics, National Taiwan University, published in 2007 and 2008.

The project cost the city council NT$1.25 million (US$39,476 at the current exchange rate), Pai said.

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The allegation came amid media reports that former Prime Minister Simon Chang (張善政), the KMT’s Taoyuan mayoral candidate, had plagiarized papers from a NT$57 million research project he conducted for the COA from 2007 to 2009 when he was vice president of technology company Acer Inc.

The council said it found that six of the newspapers Chang oversees have 25 to 45 percent overlap with other publications and asked Chang to issue a statement before Friday.

Chen wrote on social media that the results of a plagiarism detection software analysis of his 2012 research showed only a 3 percent overlap with Lin’s research, but he didn’t specify where the similarities occurred.

Aside from some statistics and a bar chart also cited in Lin’s research, it was government data and all of his work was original, “unlike the research Chang oversaw,” he said.

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