Restaurant seeks RM6 mln damages from blogger, Google
Jothy Sdn. Bhd. director Tharumaraj S/O Sivaperumal filed a civil suit at the High Court registry naming blogger Poh Huai Bin a.k.a SixthSeal and Google Inc as first and second defendants respectively.
Mr. Tharumaraj S/O Siveperumal, as seen on The Borneo Post and The Star Online, is indeed a young looking businessman and probably knows his way around the internet pretty well. It’s perhaps the reason why Jothy’s Fish Head Curry is also found on TripAdvisor.com and Lonely Planet.
For a business with an international recognition, Mr. Tharumaraj S/O Sivaperumal is definitely not acting one. In fact, I strongly feel that he is taking this matter way too easy. Instead of trying to amend what’s wrong, he chose to go after customer who gave bad comments of his restaurant and food. A method which I like to call, If-You-Don’t-Like-My-Food-Complaint-and-I’ll-Sue-You!
Dear Mr. Tharumaraj, if one day you’re reading this article of mine, please don’t sue me. I’m just speaking my thoughts out loud on my personal blog. I believe Mr. Poh Huai Bin was also doing exactly the same.
If your business suffers from bad comments, do something about your food and your business. Don’t go around suing bloggers and customers who comments about your food. Food & Beverage industry is a service industry. You service your customer and they pay you. If customer doesn’t like your food, then you prepare some better food to please them.
If you dare to have an online presence for your business on the internet, do have the guts to take bad comments on the internet too.
So STOP SUING BLOGGERS AND START GETTING YOUR BUSINESS RIGHT!
Jothy’s Fish Head Curry sues Blogger SixthSeal & Google for Defamation
It’s been a shocking morning for me in Doha when I read The Star online today. A blogger and Google are being sued by a Curry Fish Head restaurant owner claiming of defamation to his business and seriously, I find such act utterly distasteful and disgraceful.
A blogger which goes by the pseudonym of SixthSeal or now better known in real as Poh Huai Bin is being sued by Jothy’s Fish Curry restaurant for defamation on their business after Huai Bin posted a food review on his personal blog. Besides Huai Bin, Jothy’s is also launching a legal assault to Google.
Huai Bin posted up a review after visiting the Jothy’s Fish Head Curry restaurant and gave his honest comments on his review. Now what come as distasteful to me is Jothy (if it’s the owner’s name), instead of trying better their food and to fulfill customers’ desire for good food, chose to seek legal action for defamation and bad comments on their food and business. What I find disgraceful is, all this is just an stunt to gain attention and popularity as to what McCurry has gained from their previous legal engagement with McDonald’s.
Correct me if I’m wrong. Banana Leaf and Curry Fish Head food is getting more expensive here in Malaysia. Even mamak stall is no longer an economical place to go for cheap food. Briyani rice with Sambal Udang and Teh-o-Ais Limau (Ice Lemon Tea) can easily cost me RM11-13. Gone were the days when eating at McDonald’s is considered a luxurious meal for a teenager. Mamak food and indian cuisine can easily hit RM100 for a family of five. These businesses are getting unscrupulous too as they tend to charge what they like. Don’t believe me? Go to a mamak stall and order Briyani rice with fried chicken and mutton curry, see how much that meal will cost you. Go again 2 days and have the same food you had, see how much they are charging you this time.
The internet provides a platform for businesses like Jothy’s to advertise, however they fail to see that it’s also a platform for customers (such as Huai Bin) to get their feedback and comments on to them. If they chose to seek legal action against their customers, then it’s sad to say that they are banging on empty pots.