Cari Internet

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Cari Internet Sdn. Bhd. is a Malaysian company founded in 1996. It operates the eponymous website Cari.com.my, the country's first search engine and web portal, along with online florist Flowers.com.my and web hosting service Onnet.[1][2] Cari Forum, a multilingual internet forum, is a particularly popular portion of its website, and has been reported to be Malaysia's largest internet forum.[3]

The word cari (IPA: /tʃari/) means "search" in the Malay language.

Business development[edit]

Cari was founded by Liew Chew-Keat (柳树吉).[4] It was unique for its early provision of trilingual services: English, Malay, and Chinese.[2] After its founding, Cari grew to become one of the country's top ten web portals, while maintaining tight control over costs. It received RM2.5 million (US$657,808) in venture capital funding from AKN.com in 2000 in exchange for a 15% stake, which was later transferred to Swansoft Technologies. The bursting of the dot-com bubble actually aided Cari's cash flow, allowing it to cut advertising spending from RM450,000 in 2000 to just RM50,000 in 2001. However, it was still not profitable in 2001.[5]

In 2003 Cari Internet announced the rollout of its in-house developed electronic commerce platform, which partnered with local payment system Commerce Payment Sdn. Bhd.[2] In 2008, it announced a partnership with local restaurant search startup FoodStreet, founded by local technologist and foodie Aidan Lee.[6]

Legal disputes[edit]

In 2000, Cari Internet had a legal dispute with Catcha.com and considered suing the latter for copyright infringement.[1] In 2008 Cari Internet was taken to court over postings made in its forum which allegedly defamed a manager of the Malaysian Chinese newspaper Kwong Wah Yit Poh.[7] Cari had refused to answer three letters from the manager alleging defamation and demanding that Cari disclose the identities of the posters who made the comments. The High Court at George Town ordered Cari to disclose the requested information and pay court costs for the complainant.[8]

Traffic and rankings[edit]

According to Effective Measure October 2010 rankings, cari.com.my was the 19th-most popular website among Malaysia's 17 million internet users.[9] Alexa Internet's rankings placed it slightly higher at #16.[10] Their forums attracted roughly five million unique visitors each month as of 2009, 70% on the Chinese-language version.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lee, Wendy (2000-05-24), "Cari.com to legally take on Catcha.com?", ZDNet, retrieved 2011-07-08 
  2. ^ a b c Chooi, Yew Tzen (2003-03-13), "Cari to offer e-commerce solution", New Straits Times, retrieved 2011-07-08 
  3. ^ "網民埋怨治安差 [Internet users complain of poor public safety]", Wen Wei Po, 2006-11-27, retrieved 2011-07-08 
  4. ^ a b "那一夜,Cari版主网聚再创记录 [That night, Cari moderators set a record again]", TechDaily, 2009-11-23, retrieved 2011-07-09 
  5. ^ Sreejit Pillai (2001-11-13), "M'sia oldest search engine upbeat in trying times", ZDNet, retrieved 2011-07-08 
  6. ^ Yeoh, Oon (2008-06-12), "Food, glorious local food", The Star, retrieved 2011-07-08 
  7. ^ "梁宗寶醜聞風波‧佳禮須交出網友資料 [Neoh scandal: Cari must disclose internet user's information]", Sin Chew Daily, 2008-11-06, retrieved 2011-07-08 
  8. ^ K. Kasturi Dewi (2008-11-07), "Court orders website to reveal identities", The Star, retrieved 2011-07-08 
  9. ^ "Malaysian Website Rankings for October 2010", Malaysiakini, 2010-11-16, retrieved 2011-07-08 
  10. ^ Top Sites in Malaysia, Alexa Internet, retrieved 2011-07-08 

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