2 men smashed my car window, says woman Grab driver

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PETALING JAYA: The harassment of Grab drivers by taxi drivers continues with the latest case involving a woman Grab driver claiming two men had smashed the rear window of her multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) in Jitra, Kedah, New Straits Times reported.

Recounting the 12.45pm incident yesterday, the woman who only wanted to be known as Shima, said it occurred just after she dropped off three passengers at the Kedah Matriculation College in Changlun.

“Two men on a motorcycle used an iron rod to smash my car window.

“I just started driving college students for the past three weeks.

“In fact, other Grab drivers have claimed that they have been harassed by taxi drivers who are unhappy as they claimed that their business is affected,” she was quoted as saying by the daily.

She filed a police report on the incident at the Jitra police station this evening.

Though admitting that she does not know the motive behind the attack, she believes it could be due to taxi drivers in the area being against ride-hailing services, such as Grab and Uber.

According to NST, Shima, who is in her 40s, also claimed that the cabbies had warned Grab drivers to stay at least 500 metres away from the college.

She also recalled how she was harassed previously with her car being surrounded by four taxis in front of the college.

“It seems that they are still unhappy despite the fact that I kept my distance and stayed 500m away from the college.

“I don’t dare accuse anyone for the attack but I guess it has something to do with those who are unhappy with our presence here,” she was quoted as saying by NST.

Kubang Pasu district police chief Supt Mohd Ismail Ibrahim said police received two reports related to attacks on Grab drivers yesterday.

“One of the cases involved the rear window of a car being smashed by two unidentified men.

“We have opened an investigation under Section 427 of the Penal Code for causing mischief.

“The motorcycle used by the men was not fitted with a plate number and we can’t directly link them to the cabbies as yet,” he told NST.

He added that police have also called taxi drivers in for questioning over a separate incident where several taxi drivers had knocked into a Grab vehicle.