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The opposition wants Putrajaya to explain how its new slogan “Endless Possibilities” is similar to that adopted by the Israel Government to promote tourism in that country.
This despite Putrajaya having said it launched the campaign in January, months before Israel launched its version.
(The Malaysian Insider)
Should it be "This is despite" instead? Thanks.
The "is" is understood. This is a fairly common usage in journalistic writing.
I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....