Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail said he had received many messages from Indonesians on his social media accounts due to the “inaccurate” labelling.
“I had no intention to insult Indonesians. Both Indonesia and its people are in my heart,” he said.
According to Indonesian media reports, Gojek riders had threatened to demonstrate at the Malaysian embassy on Sept 3 if Shamsubahrin did not apologise.
He described Gojek as a service “only for poor people like in Jakarta, Thailand, India and Cambodia” in a video clip that went viral.
“My statement is based on media reports on poverty in Indonesia. If they think I’m wrong, I accept it,” he said.
The furore came following Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman’s announcement that the Cabinet had agreed to allow motorcycle e-hailing services.
Due to safety concerns, the plan was initially put on hold when Malaysia’s own Dego Ride offered such services.
Shamsubahrin urged the government not to make policy decisions based on politics
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