Friday, January 28, 2011

Google now in Malaysia..what next?

Ramai diantara kita telah mengetahui berita ini berikutan dengan perkembangan jumlah pengguna internet semasa di Malaysia. Pengguna Internet di malaysia meningkat  keangka 17juta dari jumlah keseluruhan penduduk seramai 27 juta. Malaysia adalah negara kedua dirantau ini selepas Singapura.

Namun dalam kegembiraan tersebut ada berita yang amat mengejutkan apabila Google dan salah seorang bloger terkenal telah disaman oleh tuanpunya restoran kari kepala ikan. Memang buat kita terkejut apabila membaca berita tersebut, semoga tak lah berpanjangan kes ni dan diselesaikan dengan cara yang terbaik.

Google and blogger sued by curry fish head restaurant 

KOTA KINABALU: The director of a fish head curry restaurant which is recommended by Lonely Planet is suing a blogger and Google for defamation.

Jothys Sdn Bhd director Tharumaraj Sivaperumal filed a RM6mil civil suit at the Kota Kinabalu High Court, naming blogger Poh Huai Bin as the first defendant and California-based Google Inc as the second defendant.

The suit filed on Monday is over allegedly defamatory statements made about Jothys Fish Head Curry 
Restaurant here which was posted in May last year by Poh, who is originally from Sibu, Sarawak and now resides in Kuala Lumpur. 

The company, which is represented by counsel Marcel Jude Joseph, is seeking exemplary or punitive damages and an order to restrain Poh from defaming the restaurant on the Internet.

The company is also seeking an order from the court to remove the offending articles from Google and other popular search engines used on the Internet.

The company claimed that the alleged defamatory statements published by both defendants would be injurious to its business.
Tharumaraj said he felt very let down when the blogger demeaned his fish head curry and banana leaf restaurant and urged the people to "avoid it like a bad case of herpes".

"There were many people who posted positive things about my restaurant in his blog but it was removed and only the negative chats were kept,'' he said, adding that he did not know the blogger.

On why he decided to sue Google, he said if one used Yahoo or other search engines, the offending blog does not appear immediately but in Google, it would show up first.

As a result of the defendants' action, Tharumaraj claimed he suffered losses and damages and his restaurant's reputation had been affected, both locally and internationally.

The plaintiff claimed that the restaurant, which opened in 1987, was known globally and had been reported as a well-known destination in Sabah in a global TV and book series known as Lonely Planet, which was an authority for tourists throughout the world.

The company also claimed that Google conducts business within the jurisdiction of Malaysian courts by reason of the fact that its search engine is used regularly by Internet users in the country.

When contacted, a Google official in Kuala Lumpur said the company could not comment on cases that were in litigation.
-The Star/Asia News Network

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