Hundreds of Foodpanda riders throng Syed Saddiq’s home

Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman met Foodpanda deliverymen at his home on Tuesday night.

PETALING JAYA: Hundreds of Foodpanda deliverymen thronged Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman’s home after he had invited them for a dialogue here tonight.

Syed Saddiq held the dialogue with the riders following the implementation of a new payment scheme by the company, which is said will reduce their income.

Some had come as early as 8pm to his home in Petaling Jaya despite the rain.

“I want to hear your voice so this issue can be brought up at the next Cabinet meeting,” he had said in a Facebook posting earlier today.

One of those present, who said he was representing a group, claimed that they were told it was against the law to go on strike over the issue.

Another, from Penang, alleged that they were told their online identification codes would be blocked if they were found to have gone on strike.

He said deliverymen in the state would lose more than 50% of their revenue if the new payment scheme went ahead.

Syed Saddiq told the riders that he would defend them should the management take action.

“If action is taken against you (for attending this dialogue) inform me as soon as possible. Don’t be afraid of voicing out,” he said.

It was reported that the new payment scheme abolishes paying riders per hour but increases their pay for every order from RM4.50 to RM7.

The old payment scheme pays riders RM4 per hour with an additional pay of between RM3 and RM5 per order, based on the riders’ performance.

In a statement earlier today, the human resources ministry promised a win-win situation for both Foodpanda and their riders.

It said it had met riders this week to get feedback on the issue, and would also be meeting Foodpanda’s management today.

The ministry also said the issue would be raised at the next Cabinet meeting.