Dego Ride to seek approval from government, says founder

Dego founder and CEO Nabil Feisal Bamadhaj speaks during an interview with Malay Mail Online in Kuala Lumpur January 26, 2017. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
Dego founder and CEO Nabil Feisal Bamadhaj speaks during an interview with Malay Mail Online in Kuala Lumpur January 26, 2017. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 14 — Dego Ride will submit a proposal to the government next month, seeking approval for its motorcycle ride-hailing service following a stop order of the service recently.

Its founder and chief executive officer, Nabil Feisal Bamadhaj said the proposal would include the company’s purpose of initiating the Dego Ride service to empower the bottom 40 per cent (B40) income group, which he said was in line with the government’s plans.

“The idea centralises on the B40 group who have a motorcycle as their first investment and that is where Dego Ride comes in, providing opportunities for them to gain additional or to self-generate their income.

“Indonesia, Thailand and even Spain have done it, so why can’t Malaysia adopt the same system? We hope the government could endorse Dego Ride through our proposal,” he told Bernama when contacted, here, today.

The proposal will be submitted to the Transport Ministry and the Land Public Transport Commission.

Nabil said the service was mainly to create entrepreneurship opportunities for the targeted group.

Last Sunday, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai had ordered Dego Ride to stop its operations.

In response to that, Nabil had issued an order to about 6,000 Dego Ride riders to cease their ride-hailing operations immediately.

The motorcycle ferry service was launched in November, last year and has so far around 6,000 riders under the company.

Offering a charge of RM2.50 for the first three kilometres, the service claims to be the “cheapest ride service in town”.

Dego also puts its rider through a stringent screening process to make sure they have no previous criminal or driving offences. — Bernama

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