PETALING JAYA: The Transport Ministry will look into grouses of taxi drivers who claim they have yet to receive financial aid from the government, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
The Transport Minister said he would do his utmost best to help the taxi industry, especially in upholding the welfare of taxi drivers.
“I take note of the statements by Gabungan Pertubuhan Teksi, Kereta Sewa, Limosin dan Teksi Lapangan Terbang SeMalaysia (GTSM) concerning the issue involving Land Public Transport Agency (Apad) and Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (LPKP).
“I will ask the two agencies to meet with GTSM to resolve any problems that have arisen, ” he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday (Jan 26).
GTSM president Kamarudin Mohd Hussain had also expressed his thanks to Dr Wee for extending help to taxi drivers who are facing issues in receiving financial assistance.
“We are grateful to have a Transport Minister who cares about our plight, we have long been suffering and sidelined,” he said.
GTSM president Kamarudin Mohd Hussain was quoted by a news portal as saying that many taxi drivers have yet to receive the RM600 financial aid by the government.
Apad later issued a statement in response to the issues brought up by GTSM and to clarify the amount of aid that has been disbursed to taxi drivers so far.
Dr Wee also said LPKP in Sabah and Sarawak has been directed to investigate the status of aid disbursement to taxi drivers in both states, who were said to have been left out from the scheme.
“Apad’s statement has stated that from April 2 last year, RM17.7mil has been channelled to 29,447 taxi drivers with a valid drivers’ card.
“Starting July 14 last year, RM2.9mil has been disbursed to 4,871 taxi drivers with a valid drivers’ card, ” he said.
Dr Wee said in the second phase of the aid disbursement, restrictions have been relaxed to allow drivers to renew their driver’s card by July 1,2020, which was later extended to July 27,2020.
“This driver’s card is important to ensure that all drivers have official approval to be ferrying passengers, and it is a form of security aspect for passengers.
“At the same time, Apad hopes that the association can play a role in reminding its members to continue adhering to the rules that have been set such
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