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Taxi drivers concerned livelihood threatened by Go-Jek, DegoRide

Taxi drivers concerned livelihood threatened by Go-Jek, DegoRide

On Monday, Youth and Sports minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman proposed to introduce Go-Jek, Indonesia’s motorcycle-based ride-hailing service, to Malaysia.

Then, just two days later, the young minister announced that the Cabinet made a unanimous decision to approve the move.

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“Praise to God! The cabinet unanimously approved the Gojek-DegoRide proposal. Thanks to everyone who helped make this dream come true, especially YAB @chedetofficial & Transport Minister Anthony Loke.”

Many Malaysians were happy with the plan and impressed at how fast Syed Saddiq was making changes in the country.

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“You just become the Prime Minister la

However, it looks like not everyone is grateful for the change.

Taxi drivers have voiced that the government’s decision to approve Go-Jek services in the country will affect their livelihood.

Gabungan Teksi SeMalaysia (GTSM) president Kamarudin Mohd Hussain said that the decision to approve the proposal should not have been made without first consulting the country’s taxi drivers.

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“This decision will result in the loss of the taxi driver’s income and livelihood. What’s worse is this move also puts the safety of customers at risk.

“We are very disappointed and frustrated that the e-hailing taxi problem could not be solved, and now there is a motorcycle taxi service.

“What is going to happen to the public transport industry in this country.”

Kamarudin Mohd Hussain via Sinar Harian (translated to English from Malay)

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