Minister wants panic button for all e-hailing operations

nancyLAHAD DATU: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri wants the panic or SOS button to be streamlined for all e-hailing operations throughout the country.

She said GrabCar and Uber must install the panic button for the safety of passengers who frequently used the e-hailing operations, including in Sabah.

“When the panic button is installed, the safety of passengers will be more assured because the button will be linked directly to SPAD in the Peninsula, and we are asking the LPKP in Sabah to do the same thing,” she said.

SPAD is the Land Public Transport Commission while LPKP is the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board.

She was speaking to reporters after presenting cheques worth RM5,000 each to the Nurul Ulum Mosque and Nurul Jihad Mosque in Kampung Segama here today.

Nancy said although the amendments to the laws governing the e-hailing operations had not yet been passed in Parliament, there was no exemption for installing the panic button.

“We will be tabling the amendments again in the next Parliament session and when it is passed, there will be conditions pertaining to the safety of passengers,” she said.

The panic button was proposed after a recent incident where a female passenger was raped by a GrabCar driver.