KUALA LUMPUR – The peaceful gathering of taxi drivers, here, today failed to get support when only about 300 drivers and 150 taxis in the Klang Valley turned up for the three-hour gathering which began at noon.
Malaysian Taxi Drivers, Limousine & Car Rental Operators Association (Petekma) chairman Mohd Syahrir Abdul Aziz, 60, said many taxi drivers refused to be involved because the gathering, at Taman Merbok, was believed to be politically motivated.
“The gathering today appeared to be politically motivated because we (taxi drivers) should be dealing with the government and the relevant agencies, and not with the representative of an opposition party.
“I don’t see how this is going to solve the problem. In fact, it will only worsen the situation because they (participants) should use the right channel to voice out their opinion and not by organising a demonstration.”
He said this to Bernama when asked to comment on the gathering organisers’s action in handing over a memorandum on the matter to an opposition representative at the Parliament building today.
The memorandum, among others, urged for a revamp of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) and the banning of the Uber and Grabcar applications as they were seen to be adversely affecting the ricebowl of taxi drivers.
Mohd Syahrir, however, did not deny that taxi drivers had been facing problems to attract passengers since the emergence of Uber and Grabcar services.
“We have raised the matter with SPAD and also Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Nancy Shukri by sending a memorandum on the grouses of taxi drivers several months ago.
“Nevertheless, I think the drivers must be patient because the decision on this matter cannot be made over night,” he said. – BERNAMA