Go-Jek in Malaysia still at conceptual stage, says Loke

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  • Tuesday, 20 Aug 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The decision to allow the motorcycle e-hailing service Go-Jek to operate in Malaysia has not been finalised as it needs to be presented to the Cabinet first, says Transport Minister Anthony Loke.

"There is no final decision to allow or disallow Go-Jek as it is only at the conceptual stage with the proposal to be brought to the Cabinet for discussions first," he said at a press conference after taking a ride on a refurbished KL Monorail car set at Bukit Nanas on Tuesday (Aug 20).

Loke said that Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman will first have to raise the proposal in Cabinet before a decision is made.

"Of course the Youth Minister is coming from the viewpoint of the youth and job creation. We are looking at it from the safety and operational aspects.

"His (Syed Saddiq) view will be considered but we will have to look at the proposal more seriously," Loke added.

In the event that the Indonesian motorcycle e-hailing company is allowed, Loke assured that it would not be monopolised by Go-Jek.

"If we ever allow it in the future, we won't allow a monopoly by a company as it is not meant for one company alone," he said.

Loke confirmed that Syed Saddiq had invited him to attend a meeting where the latter had introduced Go-Jek founder Nadiem Makarim to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Monday (Aug 19).

Syed Saddiq expressed his intentions to introduce Indonesia's motorcycle-based ride-hailing service Go-Jek to Malaysia.

He said his proposal on Go-Jek being introduced here was aimed at creating hundreds of thousands of job opportunities for motorcyclists, as well as to help the businesses of small entrepreneurs.

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