GrabCar JB April 7-01

Speaking to reporters at the launch of Grab’s ride-sharing services in Johor, Jaygan Fu, country manager of Grab Malaysia, revealed that his company is ready for the proposed government regulation. According to The Star, the Grab boss said that he has been in close contact with the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) and other authorities.

“We have been meeting regularly and cannot recall how many times we have seen the officials,” he said yesterday. The country manager added that his organisation will continue to meet with the authorities until the issue is resolved, and that he expects this to be soon.

“We are here not to deny the livelihood of taxi drivers but are giving alternative choices to users, whether they want to hire a taxi or travel in a private hire car,” he said. “Johor Bahru is poised for great development and we see an avenue for us to introduce our services as an affordable alternative transportation option to the people here.”

Fu continued by highlighting some of the benefits Grab customers enjoy. In Malaysia, he said that customers may choose to pay either by credit card or cash. The also said that the fee displayed on the app when a booking a ride is fixed, meaning that customers stuck in traffic don’t need to worry about increasing fares.

As previously reported, ride-sharing services such as Uber and Grab will not be banned in Malaysia. They will however be subjected to government regulations such as the need to purchase commercial insurances and submit to regular Puspakom inspections.