21 October 2018
A taxi association claims that the group of cabbies who disrupted an event with Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad in Langkawi could possibly be saboteurs.
Association of Malaysia Taxi Drivers, Rental Cars, Premium Executive Limo (Perjiwa) chairperson Zailani Isaisuludin said those who caused the ruckus by heckling Mahathir and walking out were not members of the association.
“Maybe they were paid by certain quarters to disrupt the event… I reject claims that they were members of Perjiwa. I don’t know them at all,” Zailani, who is also Bukit Bintang Bersatu chief, was quoted as saying by Astro Awani.
He said Perjiwa had also apologised to Mahathir personally after the event, and that he hoped the offending cabbies would also do the same.
According to reports, the cabbies were upset that Mahathir would not commit to abolishing ridesharing service Grab.
The prime minister said Putrajaya will seek a mechanism to level the playing field between taxis and ride-sharing services, instead of an outright ban of the latter.
Mahathir also offered to resign as premier during the walkout.
LANGKAWI: Somewhat upset by the action of several taxi drivers who took to leaving a dialogue midway, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he was prepared to resign as Prime Minister.
Stating the fact that he had retired before, the prime minister who was attending a dialogue session with Langkawi taxi drivers, here, today, remarked that the reason for his comeback was because many had asked for his help to fix the country.
During the dialogue session, some taxi drivers had refused to accept Dr Mahathir’s explanation on Grab, leading to them walking out of the session while it was still taking place.
“If you don’t want me to be Prime Minister, today I resign. Not a problem for me,” he said.
The small group of 10 cabbies behaved in a rude manner as they uttered harsh words and made noise before staging their walkout while Dr Mahathir was giving an explanation on the issue of e-hailing.
The session saw the attendance of some 200 Langkawi taxi drivers who claimed that their livelihood was affected as Grab had been ‘stealing’ their customers.
Earlier, Dr Mahathir said Grab would be asked to use vehicles approved by the government as well as pay insurance and taxes just like normal taxis in a bid to ensure fair competition.
“I have brought this up in Cabinet… I told the minister (Transport) to fix it, but unfortunately, there has been no progress.
“I will try again… I too feel it is unfair. This matter has my attention but I cannot give my assurance that Grab will be abolished, but we can make them equal like taxis,” he said.
18 October 2018
16 October 2018
PUTRAJAYA: Cab drivers are giving Lim Guan Eng 24 hours to explain why e-hailing service Grab is given “preferential treatment” to provide complementary services to commuters.
They are demanding that the Finance Minister resolve this issue that discriminates taxi drivers, failing which they will organise pickets nationwide.
A group of tax drivers was led by Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail, who is the founder of Big Blue Taxi Facilities Sdn Bhd, to the Finance Ministry to hand over a memorandum to the minister.
“We want explanations as to why the Pakatan Harapan government, which we threw our support for during the general election, has sidelined us,” he said when met at MoF on Wednesday (Oct 16).
Tony Pua, who is the political secretary to the Finance Minister, was reported to have said that the government is in talks with e-hailing company Grab to provide complementary transport services to commuters.
He said the move is to help the government to defray the cost of some of the public transport expenditure.
Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/10/17/taxi-drivers-issue-24-hour-ultimatum-to-lge-over-grabs-preferential-treatment/#awbLuUziHlZGb4R9.99