Go after Grab, Uber passengers, taxi boss tells SPAD

Shamsubahrin-spadKUALA LUMPUR: After more than two years of criticising Uber and Grab, then backing out of an MoU with the former last month, Shamsubahrin Ismail is now going after passengers of the ride-sharing services.

The Big Blue Taxi Services founder today said the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) should stop the demand that had helped Uber and Grab’s services to thrive.

“Uber and Grab passengers spur such services to flourish and by imposing a fine on their customers, it would be another way to discourage the people from relying on such services.

“If no one is calling them (for a ride), they won’t be operating so aggressively,” he told reporters at a press conference held at Suria KLCC here today.

He blamed the public for creating the current “mess” revolving around the ride-sharing service, SPAD, and the taxi industry.

“They (public) know Uber and Grab is illegal and they should follow the law.”

Shamsubahrin went on to claim that even the authorities in Singapore had taken action against Grab and Uber passengers.

He trained his guns on building mall operators and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) for now allowing or encouraging the two companies to operate in its vicinities.

“This is also wrong. We put in a lot of effort and investment but we are not taken seriously.”

He urged SPAD to come up with new regulations for malls and MAHB, which he described as “asset owners”, but did not elaborate on the details of the regulations he sought.

Shamsubahrin’s outburst today is the latest in his long tirade against the two ride-sharing companies.

He had previously labelled Grab and Uber drivers as “illegal taxi drivers” and last year claimed that the ride-sharing services would “kill” the taxi industry.

Shamsubahrin in April 2016 also claimed that the two operators were running what he deemed to be a money-laundering scheme, and urged Bank Negara to investigate the firms under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.