• Transport Ministry, PM's Dept To Meet Cabbies Over Grab, Uber Grouses

    Published: Thursday, 11 January 2018
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    PUTRAJAYA: The Transport Ministry and the Prime Minister's Department will meet with taxi drivers to address their complaints that their income has been greatly affected by ride-hailing services.

    Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said he would ask Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri to hear the grouses of the cabbies, who were against companies such as Grab and Uber.

    "I will ask Liow and also Nancy, who oversees the Land Public Transport Commission, to meet with the taxi drivers to resolve their issues.

    "The taxi drivers should also stop issuing threats. The government is not intimidated by threats from any parties," he told reporters after attending the monthly assembly, today.

    He was responding to calls by Big Blue Taxi Services founder Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail, who has threatened to withdraw support for Barisan Nasional if the government proceeds to support Uber and Grab.

    Shamsubahrin said the taxi drivers would support the opposition if the government failed to address their issues.

    Meanwhile, at the event, Zahid launched the all-new Malaysian passports with enhanced security features.

    Zahid said the price of the new passport will remain the same.

    "The new passport has better and improved features to ensure that the document could not be forged, even with the latest technology. The best part is there will be no extra charge for those who want to make new applications or renew their passports," he said.

    Among the new security features were biometric data, facial recognition capabilities, embedded chip, security stitching thread and the use of ultraviolet light to verify its authenticity.-NST

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