Gojek gets green light from Cabinet

PUTRAJAYA: Entrepreneur Development Minister Redzuan Yusof says the Cabinet has agreed to introduce motorcycle ride-hailing service Gojek in Malaysia.

However, he added that the transport and youth and sports ministries would need to work together on legislation to be presented to the Cabinet.

“It was discussed in the Cabinet meeting today and given the green light. But there is no decision yet on the regulations, nothing specific yet,” he said.

Redzuan was asked if Gojek was raised at the Cabinet meeting today.

He said the transport and youth and sports ministries must review the relevant laws as soon as possible and present it to the Cabinet.

He also said that the new legislation would be presented before the year-end.

“It’s is not that difficult as there are existing laws.”

Yesterday, Transport Minister Loke Siew Fook said the proposal to bring Gojek to Malaysia would be discussed by the Cabinet.

Last year, Loke had said that Putrajaya did not intend to legalise motorcycle ride-hailing services any time soon to protect the safety of riders and passengers, in view of the high number of motorcycle accidents recorded nationwide over the years.

In 2017, the government banned local motorcycle ride-hailing service Dego Ride over safety concerns for motorcyclists and pillion riders.

The transport ministry said an analysis found that the risk of motorcyclists being involved in fatal accidents was 42.5 times higher than that for buses and 16 times higher than that of cars.