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The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is not the agency to regulate land transportation apps like Uber and GrabCar, the Malay Mail reports. Deputy minister of communications and multimedia, Datuk Jailani Johari told the parliament that this falls under scope of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD).

“The permits are not even issued by MCMC, so it cannot simply act to close the apps unless there is a request from SPAD,” Johari said. The minister explained that the MCMC cannot block apps that has not broken any laws. However, should there be such a request from the transport commission, MCMC will act to assist SPAD by delisting the ride-sharing apps.

Pokok Sena MP Datuk Mahfuz Omar, however, interjected Johari with claims that both Uber and GrabCar have gone against Malaysian laws as both services use vehicles which are not approved for use as taxis. Omar suggested that Malaysia follow in Spain’s footsteps to ban Uber. He claims that customers could face blackmail or even be robbed as Uber and GrabCar drivers are foreigners.

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Omar also provided an example of how blackmail could occur: “say, for example, Tan Sri uses Uber, the car that comes is not a taxi but a regular car and the driver is a beautiful woman.” He then added, “you cannot sit behind, you must sit in front. Then people will see this and take pictures, and when Tan Sri gets home, Puan Sri will not open the door.”

Much has been going on between taxis and ride-sharing apps Uber and GrabCar, the latest being a protest organised by taxi drivers recently. A survey initiated by SPAD however, shows that a large majority of Malaysians chose to use ride-sharing apps as it’s reliable, affordable and easily accessible. So guys, are you worried you might get blackmailed when using these apps?