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Uber Malaysia is expected to partner up with 10,000 drivers over the next 12 months, The Star reports. “It’s a realistic target, and we’re very confident that we can reach this (number),” said Leon Foong, general manager of Uber Malaysia. The move may seem a tad too ambitious at first but with Malaysia tagged as one of the fastest growing Uber-using nations in the region, the idea doesn’t seem all that far-fetched.

Foong added that the aforementioned target was, in fact, a minimum number to ensure that there were enough cars to serve Malaysian consumers in Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Penang. The firm is currently mulling over the idea of expanding its services into Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.

Additionally, Foong has stated that the company has been widely misunderstood, particularly its business model. In response to the recent protest against Uber by the Metered Taxi Drivers Action Committee (BBPTB), Foong clarified to theSun that the firm was more of a technology company that works with transportation providers and not a transportation company per se.

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“We basically utilise our technology to empower our drivers to grow and expand their fleet while matching passengers with their ideal transportation providers,” added Foong. As a result, Foong hopes that Uber will be able to forge a clearer working relationship with the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) to establish regulations that will enable it to continue its operations smoothly.

When drafting regulations, Foong stressed on the need to focus on public safety and interest aside from the money-making aspect of it. This would ensure that consumers are provided with a safe, reliable option whereby one has access to transportation wherever and whenever it is needed.