KUALA LUMPUR, March 29 – The police have detained five taxi drivers who took part in a protest against ride-hailing apps Uber and Grabcar in Jalan Bukit Bintang here Tuesday. Dang Wangi police chief ACP Zainol Samah said the taxi drivers, aged between 30 and 50, were nabbed for failing to adhere to police instructions to disperse within the given time.
“We gave them 15 minutes to disperse but they failed to follow our instructions,” he told reporters here today after officiating a blood donation programme held in conjunction with the 209th Police Day celebration at the Dang Wangi police headquarters stage held at the Jakel Mall in Jalan Munshi Abdullah here.
Also present was Jakel Group chief operating officer Datuk Mohamed Nizam Mohamed Jakel and a representative of the National Blood Bank director, medical transfusion expert Dr Nazahah Mahmud. Zainol said about 60 taxi drivers moved from KLCC at 10am, towards Fahrenheit 88 in Jalan Bukit Bintang before joining 40 more taxi drivers in that area to protest.
They also blocked the four-lane road along Jalan Bukit Bintang, causing a two-hour traffic congestion in the area. He said Jalan Bukit Bintang had to be closed to traffic which was diverted by the Kuala Lumpur traffic police. He also added that Jalan Bukit Bintang was re-opened at 12.30pm.
He said initially, police tried to talk to the taxi drivers as their actions affected public peace and order, but a small number of them disregarded police orders and were detained. He said two taxis were also seized and the case was being investigated under Section 186 of the Penal Code for obstructing a civil servant from carrying out duties.
Meanwhile, asked to comment on the Abolish GST Rally to be held on April 2 at Dataran Merdeka, Zainol said the organisers should get a permit from the Kuala Lumpur City Hall to organise the rally, as well as obey regulations under Section 11 of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.