Thursday, January 27, 2011

Jothys Fish Head Curry Restaurant sues blogger and Google

The Star today carries an article of a Malaysian blogger and Google being sued for defamation by a director of a curry fish head restaurant in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The restaurant is recommended by Lonely Planet.

Excerpts from The Star..
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.

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”.

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.

Read full article..Google and blogger sued by curry fish head restaurant

Related article:
Google to retain ‘offensive’ contents on fish head curry outlet


  1. Oh blogger and Google now in hot spicy soup? That's a good way of getting publicity when you start suing eh... First McCurry now Jothys'. Not too sure about the law think Google would have their ways to handle. Imagine if all the people starts suing blogger and get Google involved then..haha..

  2. Oops slip of the fingers no fault of the peel. Will Bananaz be sued then would drag HappySurfer for your fishy entry and Google in court..lolz

  3. Suing the blogger is fine. Suing Google is ridiculous.

  4. Haha :D I hope Google will counter-sue him. LOL :D

  5. I believe in the FREEDOM OF CONSUMERS’ SPEECH. I believe consumer has the right to openly critic companies and their products if it is honest and/or true even though it could be defamatory or strong words which may cause the company to lose financially or their reputation, whereas the company have the right to openly challenge & dispute their critics if they are wrong.

    The right of companies to sue for defamation should be severely limited, if not abolished altogether especially for food related companies or in this case restaurant. Consumers should not fear defamation suits if what they have written are true even though it is defamatory.

    I am very much against the abuse of the defamation law by companies who misuse the law to silence their critics. Company exists just to make money and what they are actually protecting is their pocket. The only way to fight against companies from abusing the defamation law is to remind them about consumers’ rights and to show them that they have forgotten that their boss is their customers and their customers have the power to judge and not the courts.

    Therefore, I have just set up a weblog to create awareness, highlight those defamation cases in Malaysia which should never be dragged to court and to criticise on the old backdated English defamation law adopted by Malaysia courts which is totally outdated and not in line with modern law, time and society. My blog is still very new, but hopefully within time it may create some awareness and do some good for the sake of freedom.

  6. Bad publicity can really affect a restaurant's reputation.