I am quite puzzled to learn that rogue researchers seem to be getting away rather lightly (Greater risk of academic fraud as competition grows: Experts; Nov 13).
A PhD is reserved for a very small group of individuals who have attained a high level of expertise and deep knowledge in their disciplines.
Their research can have a significant impact on other research, the development of products and services, and even government policies and decision-making.
If they work in a university, their salaries and the cost of doing research are usually substantially state funded.
In Singapore, where even a junior employee who commits financial fraud of a few thousand dollars is likely to be jailed and required to make restitution, how can such people be allowed to just walk away with few consequences?
Clement Chung Beng Kwong