Apologise, Indonesia’s Gojek riders tell Malaysian taxi boss

Gojek is Indonesia’s largest consumer technology group in Southeast Asia. (AFP pic)

JAKARTA: Remarks allegedly made by a Malaysian taxi company boss have angered rider-partners of Indonesia’s motorcycle ride-hailing firm Gojek.

Indonesia media quoted Gabungan Aksi Roda Dua (Garda) chief Igun Wicaksono, who demanded an apology over remarks believed to be made by Big Blue Taxi Services founder Shamsubahrin Ismail.

The riders also threatened to demonstrate at the Malaysian embassy on Sept 3, adding that a protest letter would be sent to Ambassador Zainal Abidin Bakar.

A video clip of Shamsubahrin’s allegedly derogatory statement went viral in Indonesia recently.

Gojek was founded in 2010 by its CEO Nadiem Makarim, and offers a wide range of services from ride-hailing to delivery as well as fintech.

Gojek currently has more than two million rider-partners.

Last year, it recorded over US$9 billion (RM37 billion) in gross transaction value (GTV), making it the largest consumer technology group in Southeast Asia based on GTV.

Gojek also operates in Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

Recently, Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Rahman proposed introducing the motorcycle e-hailing service in Malaysia, triggering a public debate on the pros and cons.