Oh dear. That was my first thought when I saw the headlines in the Straits Times. Is this even possible? So free opinions are not allowed? I was quite dismayed. I too comment on meals in a bid to record my experiences and share what I think is good or not. Money is hard to come by and we want to only spend it on places which are worth the while. If we can share what we know we can prevent others from wasting their hard earned money. But it’s still just an opinion.
Before I eat at an expensive restaurant I always check out food bloggers’ reviews first, and if they are bad I tend to look for something else. But I usually rely on not just one review, but a few. If the case is won, it might be the end of brutally honest blogger reviews.
It’s hard to find the original post, but I found this link with a capture of the post at this forum page. What do you think? Was it too harsh? I guess the comments do sound pretty extreme, but aren’t people are entitled to their opinion. To me a blog is like a shared journal and not the same as something reported in the newspapers or magazines. People go to blogs because they want a personal opinion. They want to hear it warts and all.
The restaurant is Jothy’s Fish Head Curry and Banana Leaf located in Sabah. Ironically the whole hulabaloo makes me want to visit the place to try it for myself. This negative publicity is turning out to be good publicity me thinks. The rice and dishes in the photo look quite appealing to me and remind of a banana lead restaurant I tried in KL. I am also curious to know how many other Fish Head restaurants the blogger has tried in order to offer a comparison. Some types of food can be an acquired taste. Sometimes food I don’t like is due to my own idiosyncrasies and preference for certain tastes, but I still like to share what I think.
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.
Google seems to have removed the blog The blog might have been down due to super high traffic and it’s now up again. It’s called Sixth Seal. Profile of blogger Huai Bin can be seen on Nuffnang Malaysia.
I’m 27 years old though I look nowhere near my actually chronological age. I kinda like that, it’s nice to have people thinking of you as in the early twenties instead of pushing the big 30. I started my blog while I was in uni in Australia back in April 2002. There were only a couple of blogs then, most now defunct, and I wanted to start one with photos in every post.
Back then, digicams were rather expensive items and ADSL wasn’t even widely available in most parts of Malaysia. I got a Nikon 775 and started the habit of taking photos everyday wherever I go. I write about everything from the mundane daily life of a student in Melbourne to events and travel reports.
I write very candidly in my blog about my personal life and am one of the totally public and non-anonymous bloggers. I give out my personal cell phone number on the blog and anyone who does a whois on my domain will find out where I live. I’m one of the bloggers who is not afraid to show the world that I’m a person “with feelings too”
According to his twitter account, the blogger is taking it in his stride and is thankful for the support he is getting. He only heard about the case himself 13 hours ago.
You can read details of the case at The Star, a Malaysian newspaper.
It also made the headlines of Singapore’s The Straits Times.