Thumbs up for Budget 2018 from e-hailing service providers

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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 27 — E-hailing service providers are delighted at the government’s support to the industry with a view to improving the overall national transport landscape.

Uber and Grab officials said they welcomed the move to empower more Malaysians to be part of the e-hailing industry, thus providing flexible earning opportunities and raising their socioeconomic status.

In tabling the 2018 Budget in the Dewan Rakyat here today, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said all registered taxi drivers wishing to shift to e-hailing application would be provided with a RM5,000 grant to buy a new car.

Uber Malaysia and Singapore general manager Warren Tseng said the company was prepared to help interested individuals to meet the requirements to join the industry.

‘‘We expect to apply the lessons learnt in our neighbouring market to ensure an efficient and effective transition to this new regulatory environment for our driver-partners in Malaysia,” he said in a statement.

In supporting the government’s initiative, Grab Malaysia country head Sean Goh said it would provide a level playing field in the public transport industry. — Bernama

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