Taxi drivers issue 24-hour ultimatum to LGE over Grab's 'preferential treatment'

PUTRAJAYA: Cab drivers are giving Lim Guan Eng 24 hours to explain why e-hailing service Grab is given "preferential treatment" to provide complementary services to commuters.

They are demanding that the Finance Minister resolve this issue that discriminates taxi drivers, failing which they will organise pickets nationwide.

A group of tax drivers was led by Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail, who is the founder of Big Blue Taxi Facilities Sdn Bhd, to the Finance Ministry to hand over a memorandum to the minister.

"We want explanations as to why the Pakatan Harapan government, which we threw our support for during the general election, has sidelined us," he said when met at MoF on Wednesday (Oct 16).

Tony Pua, who is the political secretary to the Finance Minister, was reported to have said that the government is in talks with e-hailing company Grab to provide complementary transport services to commuters.

He said the move is to help the government to defray the cost of some of the public transport expenditure.

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