Uber, while generally popular among urbanites as a reliable taxi alternative, has met with opposition from groups such as taxi drivers, who have been urging the authorities to clamp down on app-based ride hailing services. Instead of an outright ban, the government is seeking to regulate the likes of Uber and Grab.
Uber Malaysia remains positive over the outcome of talks with transport authorities, The Sun reports. Country manager Leon Foong said opportunities were present and that progress was steady during discussions.
He expressed belief that there may be positive news at the end of the day, but declined to elaborate when pressed. “We are optimistic,” was all Foong said during a media luncheon in Penang.
Uber’s service was first introduced in KL in 2014, before the tech company expanded to Johor Baru, Penang and most recently, Ipoh. “We are targeting to get 100,000 drive partners in 2017,” Foong added.
The 100k driver figure was last attached to year 2016 when the Uber Malaysia head talked to The Star in January. He revealed then that there are 60,000 Uber driver partners in the Klang Valley at present, and with seven million people living in the area, “we’re just getting started.”