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In protest of app-based ride hailing services like Uber and GrabCar, a group of taxi drivers congregated and parked their vehicles outside the Fahrenreit 88 shopping mall along Jalan Bukit Bintang. The morning-afternoon incident caused access to the road to be blocked, resulting in a severe traffic jam.

For now, no taxi organisation has claimed responsibility for holding the impromptu (and inconvenient) protest. However, such an act may have been propagated by a recent decision from the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) not to ban these ride-sharing services.

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In similar fashion, Indonesia cabbies held a protest rally in Jakarta not too long ago, demanding the government ban Uber and Grab. In a response, the Indonesia government stated that both companies must work with a local transport business and register their cars by the end of May if they want to continue operating.

We’ll continue to update this story as more information come in. What are your thoughts on the continued struggle between cabbies and ride-sharing services here in Malaysia? Do you think both sides can co-exist, or can only one triumph? Let us know in the comments below.

UPDATE: According to a report by The Star, the police attempted to disperse the protest group at 11.30 am. However, the taxi drivers refused to budge, resulting in several arrests being made, including that of Malaysian Taxi Driver Transformation Association deputy president Kamarudin Mohd Hussain. However, Mohd Hussain said he was not the organiser of the protest, but merely there to support the gathering.

Aside from Mohd Hussain, three other taxi drivers were also arrested at the scene. The SPAD have said that they are aware of the situation and will issue an official statement soon. For now, the commission stated that the gathering has been cleared from Jalan Bukit Bintang, according to the Twitter post above.