KUALA LUMPUR: A comprehensive study must be conducted before any decision on Gojek can be made, says Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad.
Khalid said a proposal was presented to the Cabinet to allow for the motorcycle ride-hailing service to operate in Malaysia.
“Cabinet decided that a further study was needed before any decision can be made regarding the matter, ” he said on Thursday (Sept 5).
Khalid added that the Transport Ministry had been tasked with conducting the study.
“The study should ensure that important aspects such as safety and its legal implications are taken into account.”
Khalid expected the study to take a few months to complete.
“The study must also look into amendments to current laws, which include licenses and insurances for the riders, ” he said, adding that the suitable areas for Gojek operation must also be identified.
On Aug 23, Transport Minister Anthony Loke was reported as saying that the road safety aspects would be given utmost priority in the study, while denying that Gojek had received the green light to operate in the country.
“The Cabinet has only agreed to it in principle, and this does not mean we can start the service tomorrow," he was quoted saying.
Starting its service in 2010 in Indonesia, Gojek then went on to launch in Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand as part of its South-East Asia expansion plan.
It is planning to expand operation to Malaysia, Myanmar, Cambodia and Philippines.