Excerpts from a letter to editor of Malaysiakini:
" I am an enrolled post-graduate student at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas).
I was shocked when my supervisor told me that I CANNOT publish journal articles based on my thesis if I do NOT include him as co-author.
In fact he demanded that HE be the MAIN author although I did ALL the work.
I have asked around and was told that this is STANDARD practice in Malaysia.
However, when I checked with universities in Singapore, Australia and United Kingdom, I was told there is no such thing. Supervisors CANNOT take credit for their student's work.
I believe Malaysian (academic) supervisors do this because they are NOT capable of doing ORIGINAL research so they want a FREE ride in academic publishing.
I hope this matter is exposed and the Higher Education Minister will do something.
This is nothing more than legalise blackmail."