Sabah youth will benefit from Gojek, says state Armada leader

Sabah PPBM’s Armada chief Mohd Isquzawan Israq Arsit (fifth from left) with Sabah PPBM chief Hajiji Mohd Noor (centre, wearing cap) and other party members at a seminar in Tuaran today.

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah PPBM’s youth wing (Armada) has welcomed the introduction of Gojek in Malaysia, hoping that the motorcycle ride-hailing service would be extended to the state in the near future.

Sabah Armada chief Mohd Isquzawan Israq Arsit said those owning motorcycles in Sabah, especially the youth, stand to benefit if the service is started soon here.

He noted that many of the younger people owned motorcycles and services like Gojek can immediately assist this group earn extra income.

“Gojek will open job opportunities for the younger generation as well as give them a chance to earn extra money.

“It will have a positive impact on the youth, particularly in the city and the suburbs,” he said after a seminar by Sabah PPBM Armada at Tuaran near here today.

Isquzawan said traffic congestion in the city had made it difficult for someone driving a car to reach their destination on time.

“Sometimes, even one hour is not enough to go from Putatan, where I live, to the city and complete my business, taking into account the traffic congestion and parking.

“But with Gojek, all this time can be conveniently shortened.”

However, he hopes the rules pertaining to the service can be tightened, especially when it concerns women passengers.

“This is to avoid unwanted social issues cropping up,” Isquzawan said.

The Cabinet has agreed to introduce motorcycle e-hailing services like Gojek. The transport ministry has been given a month to come up with the regulations, with importance given to the safety of passengers and insurance coverage.

Transport Minister Loke Siew Fook said concerns by a mufti on riders of the opposite sex riding pillion would also be addressed, too.

Other motorcycle e-hailing providers like GrabBike and Dego Ride are also expected to compete with Gojek.