Government considering registering ride hailing services, says Johari

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  • Saturday, 13 Aug 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government is considering registering ride-hailing services in the country so that they can be taxed.

Second Finance Minister Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani (pic) said on Saturday that they should not tax the drivers of ride hailing services like Uber and GrabCar, but look at the platform of the system instead.

"The drivers are paying 25% of every fare to these companies, who already rake in millions in profit.

"As these platforms are operating within the country, we may have to make it compulsory for them to register as companies where we can see their profits and how best to tax them," he said.

"We have to be fair to those who activate the economy as well as those who bring in the platforms to stimulate the economy such as Uber and GrabCar," he said.

"Ours is an open economy and we cannot forbid a digital economy to enter our market, especially since these systems are accepted around the world," Johari added.

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