Transport Ministry to present bike-hailing paper to Cabinet in one month

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 22 Aug 2019

SEREMBAN: The Transport Ministry has one month to present a paper to the Cabinet on the mechanics of introducing a motorcycle-based e-hailing service in the country.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke said his ministry would, among other things, look into the legal framework and other aspects such as road safety, insurance, enforcement and cultural sensitivities.

"The Cabinet has in principle agreed to introduce the service as many of my colleagues feel it is good as it promotes entrepreneurship, enterprise and other micro-businesses.

"But this is not going to happen straight away.

"The Cabinet wants us to do a study thoroughly, and only when we have a proper framework can we open this for registration," he told reporters when met after launching the "Fly The Jalur Gemilang" campaign at SMK Panchor here Thursday (Aug 22).

Loke denied Indonesian startup Gojek had been given the nod to run the service here.

"They have not even submitted an application to provide such a service. They have only submitted a proposal on how this can be run," he said.

He added that Cabinet considered bike e-hailing to complementary to public transport system.

"What is certain is that it would not replace public transport. What it will do is provide the first and last mile connectivity and help get people from their homes to the rail or bus network and from the last stop to their offices or other nearby destinations," he said.

On Wednesday (Aug 21), Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said Cabinet had unanimously agreed to allow the service here.

He said the government was sincere in wanting to ensure that the "mat motor" group had tens of thousands of job opportunities.

He said young entrepreneurs and older folk, especially those running warung (kiosks or stalls) businesses, would also be able to sell their products using these services.

The idea to bring bike-hailing services to Malaysia was recently brought up by Syed Saddiq after he arranged a meeting between Gojek founder Nadiem Makarim and Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Transport Minister Anthony Loke.

He later clarified that the move was not merely to bring in Gojek but all other e-hailing companies that included Johor-based Dego Ride.

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