New video shows harassment of Uber driver, passengers

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PETALING JAYA: Yet another video of taxi drivers harassing a Uber driver and his passengers has emerged, this time from Penang.

A video has been shared on social media, showing two men, presumably airport taxi or limo drivers, knocking on the Uber car driver’s window, and also asking the passengers to get down.

The two men had driven their vehicles, blocking the Uber driver’s car in its path near the Penang International Airport, where the latter had just picked up a couple of passengers.

One of the taxi/limo drivers is seen threatening to break the windshield wiper of the Uber driver’s car, as the other then approaches the window and orders the driver to go to the police station.

“Mari kita pergi balai. (Let’s go to the station),” the Uber driver replied and the passenger was heard saying it out loud too.

The Uber driver opened his window slightly to speak to the taxi driver and was almost hit as the man stuck his arm in.

The couple did not get out, and one of them also reportedly called the police, in the meantime.

This latest incident follows months of prior attacks by taxi drivers in Kuala Lumpur, Johor Baru and Penang against those providing transport via ride-sharing services, such as Uber and Grab.

However, notably, the number of incidences have been fewer, if any, since the government agreed to legalise ride-sharing services.

The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), which has jurisdiction over Peninsular Malaysia, made the annnouncement of the Cabinet’s decision in August.

There have been recent incidences of harrassment and even arrests of Uber drivers in Kota Kinabalu and Kuching, as the efforts by SPAD are not in effect over there.

Sabah and Sarawak have their respective state Commercial Vehicle Licensing Boards, which govern public transport.