Family affair at taxi drivers’ Hari Raya open house


Guests queuing up for char koay teow at the Raya open house at the Sungai Nibong bus station.

AN AIR of festivity filled the Sungai Nibong bus station during the Penang Malay Taxi Drivers and Rental Car Cooperative Berhad’s Hari Raya do.

The annual affair attracted about 300 guests who were treated to songs and a variety of scrumptious food such as chicken, beef, prawns, fish, vegetables, char koay teow, satay and an array of desserts and ice kacang.

They also participated in a lucky draw session, which had attractive prizes to be won.

Penang Malay Taxi Drivers and Rental Car Cooperative Berhad chairman Mohamed Yusoff S. Ibrahim said the association treated its members like family and organised the event every year to bring joy and happiness to them.

“It is only a small affair but a meaningful one as our members get to meet the association heads from the headquarters and also state government officials,” he said when met at the event recently.

Komtar assemblyman Teh Lai Heng, who is also political secretary to Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, said the state always had a ‘listening ear’ to the grouses of taxi drivers.

“We have always been supportive of their cause and are aware of the hard times that some face.

(From right) Teh and Mohamed Yusoff with Shamsubahrin (second left) and other officials cutting the cake at the event.
(From right) Teh and Mohamed Yusoff with Shamsubahrin (second left) and other officials cutting the cake at the event.

“The state will continue the financial assistance of RM600 every year to ease their burden,” he said in his speech.

Big Blue Taxi Facilities Sdn Bhd founder Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail, who was a special guest at the event, said taxi drivers should adapt to changes and be bold enough to try new ways in developing their businesses.

“The state government in Penang has been supportive of the needs of taxi drivers and the association should come together to forge a greater relationship for mutual benefit,” he said.

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