PETALING JAYA: Uber has strongly condemned the threats and intimidation tactics currently being directed at its drivers and has called on the authorities to take immediate action against those responsible.
â€œWe strongly condemn the use of intimidation and violence against our driver partners, including holding our driver partners to ransom by assaulting them and damaging their cars and even intimidating and threatening riders,â€ the companyâ€™s general manager for Malaysia, Leon Foong (pic), said in a statement on Tuesday.
â€œWe are confident that the local authorities and judicial system will take note of these incidents and take immediate action against those indulging in violent and unlawful activities,â€ he said, adding that the company was ready to assist the local authorities in building a smarter urban mobility ecosystem that prioritised the safety of Malaysians.
Leong added that Uber was committed to providing access to safe, reliable, and affordable transport for commuters and had created thousands of economic and entrepreneurship opportunities for the rakyat in the process.
It was reported last Friday that taxi drivers in the Kuala Lumpur city area had begun arresting Uber drivers and handing the over to the police for action.
Big Blue Taxi Service boss Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail said his drivers had resorted to such tactics as the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) was ineffective in stopping Uber and GrabCar services from continuing.
Although Uber is not technically legal in this country, SPAD is currently looking at ways to regulate the service without banning it outright.