Govt to address plight of taxi, ride-hailing drivers, says Wee


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 26 Mar 2020

PETALING JAYA: Efforts are being made to help all the taxi and e-hailing drivers who have been affected by the Covid-19 movement control order, says Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong.

The Transport Minister in a Facebook post on Wednesday (March 25) said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will be announcing another stimulus package on Friday (March 27).

He noted that the Covid-19 disease had caused the business of e-hailing drivers to go down by 80% to 90%.

There are about 115,000 e-hailing drivers in the country.

Wee said he had brought this matter up with Muhyiddin and Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz.

“Looking at the Prime Minister's speech this afternoon, (I see) he also touched on the difficulties faced by e-hailing drivers.

“We do not ever marginalise e-hailing drivers who control 90% of land public transport services in Malaysia. Every effort to assist e-hailing and taxi drivers is already in the planning of the government, ” he said.

The movement control order (MCO) was on Wednesday extended to April 14.

In announcing this, Muhyiddin said he had given a briefing by the National Security Council and Health Ministry, and the trend showed new Covid-19 positive cases had spiked.

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