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Big Blue Founder To Support Parti Pribumi If Uber, GrabCar Allowed

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KUALA LUMPUR: Big Blue Taxi Services founder Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail (pic) has threatened to throw his weight behind Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia if the Cabinet does not review the decision to allow e-hailing services Uber and GrabCar.

“For me, it’s no go. We will fight all the way and will support Parti Pribumi and (Tan Sri ) Muhyiddin (Yassin),” Shamsubahrin told a press conference at his office here.

Shamsubahrin said they hoped Muhyiddin would listen to views of the taxi industry which he described as “already crippled”.

He said he was not against Uber but claimed “this is not right time to legalise e-hailing services.”

He said the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) should “clean up and transform the taxi industry,” before allowing Uber to operate.

He said the hasty decision was due to SPAD’s failure to enforce the law.

“They are taking the easy way out,” he said.

SPAD chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar has said that Uber and GrabCar would be regulated soon to ensure a level playing field.

Syed Hamid said the Cabinet’s decision was part of the transformation programme for public transportation.

Muhyiddin applied to register Parti Pribumi, an Umno splinter party, last week.

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