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Court Bars Man From Making Complaints on His Own Web Site

Associated Press News Wire (
Wed, 18 Jan 2006 13:55:30 -0600

Court Bars Tirade on Malaysian Web Site

A court told a disgruntled car owner he cannot chronicle the alleged
defects of his Malaysian-made Perodua and his tirade against the car
maker on a personal Web site.

In the first case of its kind in Malaysia, the Appeals Court on
Tuesday upheld a High Court order against Richard Fong Khee Choong.

The High Court had ordered Fong on Sept. 17, 2003 to dismantle a
personal Web site he had set up in October 2002 after purchasing an
allegedly defective Kelisa car from Perodua.

The Appeals Court judges said they agreed with the High Court that the
allegations in Fong's Web site, which contained one article about his
grievances, "attacked the reputation and integrity of the company."

Fong had purchased a Perodua Kelisa car in August 2002 and contacted
the company by email with several allegations about defects in the
vehicle. He subsequently set up the Web site, alleging corruption in
the company.

In response, Perodua sued him for defamation, and obtained an interim
order from the High Court to have the Web site shut pending a
resolution of the defamation suit.

The company, the second national car company after Proton, said Fong's
allegations implied that Perodua practiced deception and fraud for its
own interest instead of the customer's needs.

It also claimed that Fong's allegations meant that the car maker was
betraying the public trust and was involved in a conspiracy to cheat
the people.

Copyright 2006 The Associated Press.

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