Selangor Journal

Review policy, prevent monopoly

KUALA LUMPUR, JUL 27: There must be a review of the current policy to prevent monopolistic tactics by Uber and Grab operators which repress taxi drivers’ welfare.
Batu Member of Parliament, Tian Chua said, the proposal must be carried out in consideration of legislation implemented by Federal.
“The Ministry should review the existing legislation to prevent mega-companies controlled by foreign investors with solid financial standings, from practicing monopolistic activities.
“This is to ensure these companies do not make profit which causes more problems to our local taxi drivers.
“The issue is, we do not know if there is any clause in the legislation to ensure these companies do not provide subsidies for market gains,” he said.
He said that, interjecting in the debate session on the amendment to  Amendment to Land Public Transportation Act Bill (2017) by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Nancy Shukry in Dewan Rakyat this morning.
The KEADILAN Vice President’s proposal was also supported by Langkawi Member of Parliament, Datuk Ahmad Nawawi.
Nawawi said, the ministry should review in detail the current legislation to ensure taxi operators’ rights are not denied.
“I think this in an issue that the government must pay attention to otherwise the situation will hurt the taxi operators who are more affected with the current implementation,” he said.
Currently, Uber and Grab services are extended to Klang Valley with improvements in several cities across the country.

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