GEORGE TOWN, Jun 29 – About 200 taxi drivers gathered at The Esplanade, here, this morning as a mark of protest against the Uber and GrabCar, as well as in anticipation of the cabinet’s decision on the ride-sharing app. Penang Taxi Associate Association (Gabungan) secretary Muhamad Shahimi Hadzri urged the Federal government to Stop Uber and Grab Car in Malaysia.
He said he understood the cabinet would make the decision today and the taxi drivers would wait for the outcome. He said they will halting all their operations today from 10am to 2pm and see what is the decision, and if the cabinet approves the Uber and GrabCar services here, then they will be against on it.
He told the Government that they needs to remember that taxi drivers are also voters here in Penang. He said taxi drivers used to earn over RM200 a day while now, they just earn RM50 a day. How can we survive like this, he asked. Meanwhile, he also added that if Sabah could ban Uber and GrabCar, Penang and the rest of Malaysia should follow suit. He told this to the press at the protest in Esplanade on Wednesday morning.