Malaysian Taxi Drivers Protest Uber, Grab

Malaysian Taxi Drivers Protest Uber, Grab
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Popular ride-sharing apps like Uber continue to cause headaches for taxi drivers and lawmakers in Asia.

Over 100 taxi drivers gathered in front of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) in Malaysia on Monday to demand Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to outlaw ride-sharing services Uber and Grab.

"Today, we are handing over a memorandum (to the PMO) to ask that the prime minister focus more on the concerns of taxi drivers, specifically on the issues of Uber and Grab," spokesperson Saari Omar told reporters outside the PMO in Putrajaya.

The group of over 100 taxi drivers, from all over the country, gathered outside the PMO with placards that read "Ban Uber and Grab" and "We love PM, help us" among many others.

They also chanted at the steps of the PMO, shouting "PM ban Uber and Grab," "Outlaw Uber and Grab" as well as "Help us, PM."

While waiting for five of their representatives to hand over the memorandum to the PMO, the group of taxi drivers also sang the national anthem and the patriotic song 'Inilah Barisan Kita'.

This was the culmination of a half-day event, which started in the morning with the taxi drivers marching from Jalan Duta to the Kuala Lumpur courthouse complex to receive the decision on The Land Public Transport Commission's (Spad) bid to strike out the taxi drivers' suit against them.

The Kuala Lumpur High Court allowed the application by Spad over a technicality, according to Saari.

The News Lens has been authorized to repost this article. The piece was first published on Malaysiakini.

First Editor: Edward White
Second Editor: J. Michael Cole