GEORGE TOWN: There is a need to establish whether there is a demand for motorcycle e-hailing services such as Gojek to operate in Penang, says Chow Kon Yeow.
The Chief Minister said if the people in Penang can accept Gojek services as a mode of transport, then maybe it can be introduced.
"If there is no demand, maybe we can wait a little bit longer and wait for Kuala Lumpur to have the service first.
"There is no hurry to have this service at the moment in Penang, I believe, " he said when asked after the official launch of the Penang Asian Food & Culture Festival at Hin Bus Depot on Tuesday (Sept 10).
Chow said he did not feel Penangites responded very well to Gojek after it was mooted in Putrajaya and felt that whether Penang was ready or not depended on whether Penangites needed such services.
He said Putrajaya had to decide whether Penang or any other state in the country could have Gojek services as there might be some destinations that may not be suitable.
Last month, Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman expressed his intentions to introduce Gojek services in Malaysia.
He said his proposal on Gojek 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.
Transport Minister Anthony Loke, however, said any decision to allow motorcycle e-hailing services to operate in Malaysia had not been finalised as it needed to be presented to the Cabinet first.