It was unintentional ...says UPM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Nik Mustapha R. Abdullah. These words shock me more than the fact the book was plagiarised!
No academic can ever make the excuse of ignorance or carelessness, since their whole training is in how to access, use and build on the intellectual property of others.
What example does this set for the cut-and-paste generation of students?
In today's Star :
One of the writers said she thought information was in the public domain and as such did not cite the article. (I would have shot my own students for making such an assumption! And public domain or not, do you pass off something that isn't yours as your own published work?)
But they did apparently apologise. That's more than other caught out Malaysian plagiarists have done.
(Alternative link since original piece seems to be down.)