Despite pleas from certain groups such as taxi driver organisations, transport minister Anthony Loke said that the government will not be banning ride-hailing services like Grab, but they will have to be regulated to be fair to taxi drivers.

In a report by The Star, Loke said that the government is committed to ensuring a level playing field for both taxis and “e-hailing” services, and that laws will be put in place.

“In today’s cabinet meeting, the prime minister [Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad] called on the Transport Ministry to look into ensuring there is a level playing field for taxis and e-hailing services,” he said. “I will be meeting with SPAD [Land Public Transport Commission] this evening and ask the commission to come up with a proposal on this.

Loke added that he hopes an announcement on the future of ride-hailing services and the taxi industry will be made in mid-July. “I hope taxi groups who have voiced out their concerns on e-hailing services can be patient, and I assure them that an announcement on this will be made soon,” he said.