TPP lawmaker denies plagiarism charge

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Several paragraphs of his thesis that have been shared online are from the literature review section and are correctly cited, Tsai Pi-ru said.

  • By Lee I-chia / Staff Reporter, with CNA

Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) legislator Tsai Pi-ru (蔡壁如) yesterday denied allegations that she plagiarized her master’s thesis, adding that she would wait for a university research ethics committee speaks out on the matter.

Former Taoyuan city councilor Wang Hao-yu (王浩宇) said on Facebook on Saturday that he informed Takming University of Science and Technology that Tsai’s master’s thesis may contain plagiarized content.

Tsai graduated from a master’s program in service at the university’s Department of Management Information Systems.

Photo: Tung Chen-kuo, Taipei Times

Wang posted screenshots of several paragraphs of Tsai’s thesis alongside text from sources – including news reports, Wikipedia posts and a Facebook post by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) councilman Chien Hsu -pei (簡舒培).

The university said in a post on its website Sunday that it had received Wang’s report and would conduct a fair and objective review.

Tsai, in a radio interview yesterday, said that the paragraphs shared by Wang came from the literature review section of her thesis and that she cited the sources, so she is confident that no plagiarism occurred. is produced.

She consulted with her thesis supervisor about the accusation, Tsai said, adding that the adviser said she cited her sources, so at worst she could only be criticized for an inaccurate citation.

Asked by the radio host if she would leave the legislature if the university committee determined that her thesis was plagiarized, Tsai replied that she would await the committee’s decision.

Separately, Hsu Shu-hua (許淑華), Nantou County Commissioner candidate of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), and Ho Shang-feng (何勝豐), Chairman of Nantou County Council, also face allegations of plagiarism. regarding their master’s theses.

Yesterday, Hsu wrote on Facebook that the DPP was trying to change direction after former Hsinchu mayor Lin Chih-chien (林智堅) had his master’s degree revoked by National Taiwan University due to of plagiarism.

She said Feng Chia University, where she received her master’s degree, has launched a review and will complete the investigation in two months, adding that she would accept her decision.

Ho’s mastery also came under scrutiny, as the official 2014 election candidate bulletin showed that he only graduated from elementary school.

However, he obtained a master’s degree from the Department of Bioinformatics and Medical Engineering at Asia University in 2016. The content of his master’s thesis was similar to that of his secretary at the time, and they had the same adviser.

Ho on Monday said he had taken classes for two and a half years, but was unable to complete his dissertation on his own, so he referred to his classmates’ dissertations.

He would accept the decision if the university revoked his master’s degree, as he was elected councilor and speaker for his services and gained the recognition of the people.

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