KUCHING: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri yesterday told taxi drivers in Kuching to judge wisely which side had given them assistance all this while.
She was responding to a meeting and dialogue between PKR member Nor Irwan Ahmat Nor and the leadership of taxi drivers here on March 31.
In a press statement, she said Nor Irwan, who is campaigning in the Petra Jaya parliamentary constituency for the coming general election, had stated that a Pakatan Harapan government would champion the taxi drivers in Kuching.
However, she said the action of the PKR man would actually take the taxi drivers backwards and cause them to lag behind in technological developments.
Nancy said research conducted by the Land Public Transport Commission and the Sabah and Sarawak Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board found that more than 50% of taxi users in Malaysia used mobile apps to get taxi services, while more than 70% of 45,000 respondents wanted e-hailing service operations allowed and regulated.
“As a responsible government, we do not want conventional taxi drivers to be left far behind in the demand for taxi service,” she said.