The Jakarta Post
Economist Anggito Abimanyu, who is also director general for the haj and minor haj at the Religious Affairs Ministry, resigned as a lecturer at Gadjah Mada University's (UGM) School of Economics and Business, after it was alleged that he had plagiarized in his article published in Kompas daily.
'To maintain the credibility of the UGM as a university that is committed to the values of honesty, integrity and academic responsibility, I, Anggito Abimanyu, have submitted my resignation as a lecturer to the UGM rector,' said Anggito at a press conference on Monday, which was attended by dozens of lecturers and students.
It was alleged that Anggito's article, entitled 'The Idea of Disaster Insurance', published in Kompas on Feb.10, was similar to an article entitled 'Initiating Disaster Insurance' written by Hotbonar Sinaga and Munawar Kasan, which was published in the same newspaper on July 21, 2006.
Anggito denied the allegation. 'In writing the article, there was a failure in quoting references kept in a folder on a personal computer. Later I found out that the folder was paperwork written by Hotbonar Sinaga and Munawar Kasan,' he said.
Anggito, who has lectured at the university for 25 years, said he regretted the incident and apologized to the rector and the UGM academic community, all lecturers, students and alumni, Kompas and Hotbonar Sinaga and Munawar Kasan.
Anggito further said that he would focus on resolving his case. 'For me, credibility, integrity and honesty cannot be compromised,' he said.
UGM rector Pratekno said he had accepted Anggito's resignation. However, the matter had not been closed as it would go before an ethics committee, which would take around three months to make a decision.
'If he is not proven guilty, we will reject his resignation because he is an extraordinary asset to the UGM,' said Pratekno. (idb/ebf)
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