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In a last-ditch effort to prevent unhappy taxi drivers from marching on with their planned protests this morning, the Klang Valley Taxi Drivers Action Committee has made a final plea to organisers of the protest to take a step back and reconsider their actions.

According to a report by The Sun Daily, several taxi association leaders have come out saying that these illegal protests will only cause further damage to their reputation, winning more public favour for services such as Uber and GrabCar.

Abdul Khalil Ali, a senior taxi driver from Shah Alam, expressed his concerns to the daily, saying that, “our reputation is already bad in the public eye because of a few bad apples. Please don’t make it worse since the public will hate us more. In the end, Uber and GrabCar will win.”

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Today, November 18, it is reported that some 6,000 taxi drivers will be illegally gathering at Padang Merbok, Masjid Negara, the Craft Complex near Jalan Conlay, and at the Merdeka Square.

It has also been reported that the protestors would be demonstrating their unhappiness by blatantly causing traffic lockdowns in the KL city area amidst the ongoing ASEAN summit, which itself has caused several road closures.

Recently, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) banned the proposed gathering, saying that it would not allow unhappy taxi drivers to disrupt traffic flow surrounding the ASEAN summit, but would consider approving a gathering after the official meet ends on November 22.

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Echoing Ali’s statements, Malaysian Taxi, Limousine and Car Rental Operators and Drivers Association’s (Petekma) president, Shahrir Abdul Aziz also suggested that unhappy taxi drivers should take up their issues with the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) in a more civilised way.

“We (Petekma) also have several things we are not happy about and we also wish to highlight the problems plaguing the taxi industry. But we don’t and we won’t take to the streets,” said Shahrir.

He continued, “if it is true (blatant traffic disruptions), that would be a repeat of the taxi picket three years ago at Bukit Bintang which caused the city’s traffic to come to a standstill for several hours during the evening peak hour.”