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Stop Arab cabbies, say local drivers

 | November 10, 2012

Cabbies are supporting a move to clamp down on illegal Middle Eastern cabbies in KL, adding that local regulators are of no help.

KUALA LUMPUR: A group of local taxi drivers are supporting a move to clamp down on illegal Middle Eastern cabbies operating in the capital.

Citing a Nov 5 Harian Metro report, Metered Taxi Drivers Action Group (BBPTB) chairman Amran Jan said these cabbies -termed as “ulat Arab” and around 300 in number- were a bane to their livelihood.

As such, he supported the Bestari Taxi Driver Association’s attempts in nabbing these illegal cabbies before handing them over to the police.

“We support the actions taken by Bestari, especially its president Mohd Ashraf Abdullah in their efforts to stop the ‘ulat Arab’ activities,” he said in a press statement.

He said that the Middle Eastern drivers continued to operate and that the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) was not doing anything to solve the problem.

Amran added that SPAD’s inaction meant that taxi drivers had to coordinate their efforts in apprehending the “ulat Arabs”.

The Harian Metro report said that these illegal cabs were offering “exclusive” packages to Middle Eastern tourists and were operating in KL’s busy Jalan Kampung, Jalan Kamunting and Jalan Bukit Bintang areas.

Quoting Mohd Ashraf, the report said that the foreign drivers would approach tourists at restaurants, offer their services and badmouth local cabbies in the process.


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