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The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) has condemned the attack on an Uber car by cab drivers on Monday. SPAD chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar advised taxi drivers not to take the law into their own hands and create problems for Uber users, adding that the commission is working towards the best solution to resolve the spat between cabbies and Uber/Grab, The Sun reports.

“As Malaysians who are known for being a peaceful and harmonious race, we should not take matters into our own hands,” Syed Hamid told the media at SPAD’s buka puasa event at KLGCC yesterday. “That incident involves tourists and it has given the nation a bad name,” he added, referring to the Iranian female passenger who was injured in the attack.

Syed Hamid reminded that the government is interested in legalising Uber, and the commission is working to find the best solution to provide a fair return to both taxi and app-based ride-hailing drivers. “They are interested in this, many countries have introduced this IT-based service, we must compete, we cannot be left out,” he said.

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In the meantime, the SPAD head advised Uber and Grab drivers to keep a low profile. “Don’t go ‘oh I was a Uber driver today’ and boast about your services. Before their applications (the legalisation process) are approved, Uber and Grab should keep a low profile. We cannot stop them (Uber drivers), but I advise them not to go boasting about their services,” he said.

Answering questions on whether action will be taken against the aggressive cabbies, Syed Hamid said SPAD will only take action against the taxi drivers if they are found guilty. “We will wait and see. We will hear from the police before we take any action, whether it’s suspending the drivers or revoking their licences.”

Yesterday, police denied reports of a mass attack on an Uber car at KL Sentral, where over 50 angry cabbies reportedly pulled out a tourist before damaging the car. The cops said that “only one or two cab drivers were involved” and the Iranian woman was a student from Skudai and not a tourist.

“If passengers choose to use e-hailing app services, then it is their choice. I believe the government is studying the issue before making a decision. Until then, disgruntled taxi drivers should simply wait for the decision or take their grouses to the relevant authorities and not turn to violence. We will have no choice but to take action against them if they vent their frustrations by resorting to violence as it concerns public safety,” KL police CID chief SAC Rusdi Mohd Isa said.