Saturday, June 9, 2007


(Pic courtesy of Mob's Crib)


This letter was sent by Jason L to Malaysiakini and I picked it up from MalaysiansUnplugged.

I refer to the report Samy pens poem for PM on Works Minister S Samy Vellu allegedly composing an original poem for Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on occasion of the latter’s wedding.

I would like to bring your readers’ attention to the fact that Samy Vellu has plagiarised this poem. Do you know where he plagiarised the poem from? I reproduce below the original poems from which Samy Vellu had employed a ‘cut and paste’ operation.

From This Day Forward
Author Unknown

From this day forward,
You shall not walk alone.
My heart will be your shelter,
And my arms will be your home

Blessing For A Marriage
by James Dillet Freeman

May your marriage bring you all the exquisite excitements a marriage should
bring, and may life grant you also patience, tolerance, and understanding

May you always need one another - not so much to fill your emptiness as to
help you to know your fullness. A mountain needs a valley to be complete; the
valley does not make the mountain less, but more; and the valley is more a
valley because it has a mountain towering over it. So let it be with you and

Now, below is Samy’s alleged poem:

‘From this day forward
You shall not walk alone.
Her heart will be your shelter,
And her arms will be your home.
A mountain needs a valley to be complete;
the valley does not make
the mountain less, but more;
and the valley is more a valley because
it has a mountain towering over it’

Really, how cheap can one get?


Ari said...

You actually did the homework? Heheheeh.... I salute you man! What was he thinking?

I mean, don't all ministers have 'political advisers' and 'a band of speech writers'? Are they THAT underpaid that they could come up with such a compromised and flimsy work for the boss? Or are they just not smart enough - because the boss don't want anyone smarter than him working under him.

Either way, your discovery just made my day :-)

I think this should definitely go into the 'Malaysia Book of Records on Unintentional Jokesters and their Shenanigans' I proposed to Rocky earlier.

I also believe that our dear Sammy will take up at least half of the space in the book. He is such a funny man!

yellowkingdom said...

I doubt Sammy V have much time to 'research' the internet for his poem. Biasa-lah, one of his speechwriters tried to make his boss look good ended up making a BIG fool of poor Sammy. Good for him! He will learn NOT to trust his boys too much.

zorro said...

Ari, I cannot take credit for this. It was Malaysiakini reader Jason L who broke this. I picked this up from MalaysiansUnplugged.

Daphne Ling said...

Oh Wow...

This is serious, isn't it? Where is Datuk going to put his face? Pardon the language, but it was a very stupid move, was it not? Surely Datuk realises that someone somewhere must have read/heard the poem before and can call his bluff?

Although I am inclined towards just critisicing, I am going to venture one thought: To be fair, could it be, he was just reading it, and never actually said outright he penned it?

Maybe he just forgot to indicate the source, thinking it wasn't important?

Am trying to give him the benefit of the doubt here...

Whatever the case though, it's wrong...And he should apologies, whether oversight or intentional...

PS: Great poster Mob!

zorro said...

OK Daphe...give him the benefit of the doubt...he deserves that bit. He has a gargantuan task patching up a lot of leaks and falling ceilings.Have a great Sunday.

Anonymous said...

Well, there could be a slight difference between Samy Vellu and Brenden Pereira. Samy is not media savvy and maybe there is a good chance he made a mistake, especially when an aide did that for him.

Brenden however is a media professional. He should NOT have ANY EXCUSES for plagiarism!

I am not saying its alright for Samy Vellu to do that (plagiarise someone's original work). I just might want to ponder on the possibility that someone did that for him. No excuse for Brenden though!

Anonymous said...

What do you expect from a "semi value" shameless apple polisher?

Masyarakat India patut malu berketuakan Semi Value.

If he wants to plagiarize, at least plagiaruzed from Tamil poem.

Anonymous said...

This one for Semi Value,

His skin is thick as the pig's
His hair is not as natural if you dig
"I was elected by the people" always he boasted big
But his "chunik" is not that big

He live to serve the "umno toyols"
With his power he determine all tolls
He loves to rock and roll
Making Indrani really boils

When he speaks always through his ass
To the MIC members he is demi-god class
No MIC guy dares to to make him eats grass
For those who fight him sure to get harass

Every JKR works getting "bocor"
Semi said its the fault of the contractor
If his darn ass is bocor
He blames act of god not the advisor

ok...fed-up to continue.

zorro said...

Anon, you sure can rock!

Unknown said...

Oh we are good copycats but then malaysia boleh always go one up. Not only could we copy well we could also make what we copy more expensive.

Anonymous said...

Two Three Cat Running
What got same like Striped Cat ini
Two Three Poem Can Penning
Where got same like Good old Sammy

sankochan said...

Ahaha~~ Anon, that was funny! And I thought only students plagiarised

zewt said...

was about to blog about this already... well, what the heck... !

Anonymous said...

Bila kepada ikan busuk
Dia punya perut lagi busuk
Samy, Brenden sama saja
Ini PM punya orang la!

Anonymous said...

It was an act of God. He woke up one morning and found the poem by his bedside, and thought..who beter to give it to..if not the PM

Anonymous said...

Dearest My Zorro,

oh! copy cat is at large.

I am going to repeat myself as I already said this in 3540 Jalan Sudin, but what the heck, this is your blog, so I can!

If you are a writer: you write
If you are a doctor: you heal
If your are a journalist: you report
If you are a politician: errrr...hmmmm.

But if you insist to be a poet above all, please make it your own. If you copy, please give it a due recognition even if the author is unknown.

What's wrong with SV?

p/s: I will see you tomorrow. I have decided to abandon the office to save my soul! Cant wait!

Anonymous said...

Et tu, Samy?

Anonymous said...

Semi will claim to be the author of "from theis day forward" as the author is unknown........ till now.

hahahahahaha, pariah minister of copyland

J.T. said...

I mentioned this in Zewt's blog:
If an original poem was so hard to compose, our so-called 'poet' should have consulted our bunch of talented bloggers. So many original poems have been composed since this story broke. :)

Trashed said...

Sorry to digress but alamak, it was reported that our PM said that "it as a lucky thing that the parking lot under Dataran Merdeka was like a water retention pond", in relation to the recent flash flood in KL.

Should we be thankful or should we weep ?

shar101 said...

If our politicians concentrate more on their frigging jobs and not try to curry (pun intended) favors with the boss, we would all be spared this agony of having inept and incompetent ministers.

Wah lau weh..they got so much time to even penned poems or read out one without proper attribution (which is a big 'no-no' in blogs) and they say bloggers are liars and untrustworthy.

Where got road lah, Samy.

Stick to your day job, Mr Minister of Works or better still, just quit, will ya.

P.S. Yo Zorro, you might get traffic coming in at your 'Fiji' posting. Watch your stats, bro.

Mat Salo said...

Dei Machaaa Unker Bernard! Whaddya expect from an a self-styled gangster from a bad Tamil movie? At least MGR didn't plagiarize...

But this Brendan character? Tak tau malu!!! Shame on Kali and Kay Jay for bringing this idiot on board. Shame on you too MD Syed Faisal Albar!!!

Ari said...

"Anonymous said...

It was an act of God. He woke up one morning and found the poem by his bedside, and thought..who beter to give it to..if not the PM "

Ok, that's original! Hehehehe....

I agree with you JT, there are so many talented poets even from the comments posted in here! Just imagine in the blogger society at large!

Keep your friends close, keep your enemy closer! He should have known better.

Unknown said...

hmm... if you are suggesting that he plagiarize the works of husin lempoyang, then no hal LAH. that would make him less of a plagiarist, but a bigger joker.

a whole poem made of lines from other people's poem? why not just read it and tell the audience that "i'm just reciting". the things he'd do to get acknowledgment...

Daphne Ling said...

Wow Anon 3.19pm,

Cool Poem!

tony -stand-up philosopher said...

Its not him la. Someone screwed up. But he must take the blame la if he put his name to it just as he would take credit if it was his.

Anonymous said...

Sweet Poetic Justice.
Enuff said....

zorro said...

edayne.....all the saying stopped on 13June at 2.43pm. Busy for 11 days? Cheers.

pdherrera said...

apa lagi zorro send SV to the Mexican Gas Chamber la..... dah tak buang air besar satu mingu....any vancancy in one of the Gas Chamber windows ah..would like to donate my kentut la ......chesshhhhh found the poem by his bedside or his back side.....apa la SV!!!!

anonymous 917

zorro said...

pdherrera, yours is the third request for future vacant windows...tks for volunteering. Until MIC can have a credible new leader in waiting, Zorro feels he will give SV one more chance to make some stupid move.