PETALING JAYA: Ride-hailing services, particularly Grab, have become a hot election topic after Pakatan Harapan chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad pledged to review these services if the coalition takes over the Government.
Dr Mahathir’s comment prompted Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to criticise him for taking aim at ride-hailing services.
“In his attempt to gain support from taxi drivers, Mahathir has pledged to review e-hailing services such as Grab if Harapan wins the general election.
“This is yet another example of how this nonagenarian refuses to adapt to the times or understand how technological advances benefit Malaysians,” Najib said yesterday.
According to the Prime Minister, the right approach to e-hailing services is to incorporate their benefits for the people, while assisting taxi drivers to embrace new technologies and help them to buy new vehicles.
Earlier, Sinar Harian had erroneously reported that Dr Mahathir would “menghapuskan (abolish)” the ride-hailing services.
The former prime minister was quoted as saying that he would “defend the rights of taxi drivers and car rentals in the nation”.
“The problem with the Grab (services) is not just in Langkawi, but the whole of Malaysia.
“Grab has caused losses for taxi drivers.
“But this will be further studied so that taxi services will be fair to all parties.
“This is what we will do when we take over the Government,” Dr Mahathir said during a dialogue session with Pulau Langkawi tourist drivers on Saturday.