PM: Motorcycle e-hailing will benefit commuters, small businesses

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 22 Aug 2019

PUTRAJAYA: Motorcycle e-hailing service will benefit the people and those doing small businesses, says the Prime Minister.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said some might not be happy if there were such a service but he pointed out that this was bound to happen in any project.

"There is also already some form of service of transport by motorbike, but it is not organised and those doing small businesses are not benefitting from it.

"Gojek, if they come here, they will also serve those doing small enterprises.

"In any project, there are bound to be those who oppose but what we want to know is whether it serves the country or not," he said to reporters after a session with civil servants on Thursday (Aug 22).

Motorcycle e-hailing services seem closer to becoming a reality in this country following the nod from Cabinet, which unanimously agreed to allow the app-based service similar to ride-hailing services for cars.

Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said allowing motorcycles to bridge the "last mile" would encourage more Malaysians to use trains and buses, as well as benefit those running stalls to sell and have thier products delivered.

On the issue of safety, especially for women passengers, Dr Mahathir said they should not engage the service if they were not comfortable with it.

"You have a choice. If you don't feel safe, don't take motorcycle ride," he said.

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