Gojek Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook at the launch of the KL Monorail Four-Carriage Train at the Bukit Nanas Monorail Station in Kuala Lumpur. PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 20 AUGUST 2019
Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook at the launch of the KL Monorail Four-Carriage Train at the Bukit Nanas Monorail Station in Kuala Lumpur. PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 20 AUGUST 2019

By Kumara Sabapatty

KUALA LUMPUR – The government has given its guarantee that there will be no monopoly in the motorcycle e-hailing (Gojek) service when it is launched in the country.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke said, although the ministry did not want to introduce the motorcycle e-haling service in the beginning, with the latest development in the dynamic Pakatan Harapan leadership, they did not want to close the door for the possibility towards that chapter.

He said, the ministry, as the party responsible towards the development of public transport sector will first study the system from all aspects, including the culture and the environment of the national transport network.

“Yes, there was a first meeting between the Prime Minister, Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman, representative from Gojek, Nadiem Makarim and I yesterday after the company expressed their wish to begin their operation, invest and introduce their service here.

“We listened to their interesting presentation but before it can be done, we need to study and discuss further on the mechanism of implementing the service.

“Although I do not reject the idea in principle, I said before this that we (the ministry) are not ready to introduce the motorcycle e-hailing service, but as a dynamic government, we don’t want to close any potentials on implementing it,” he said in a press conference today.

Earlier, the Member of Parliament of Seremban attended the launch of three sets of four-car monorail trains which resumed operation since 16 August after they underwent service and maintenance on the broken components since last May.

Earlier today, Syed Saddiq shared his wish to introduce Gojek in Malaysia as it is a sector which can open job opportunities to the youths in the country.

In a relevant development, Anthony admitted that the ministry is worried about the safety of the service as it will affect the consumers.

According to him, the ministry also needs to study if the Gojek e-hailing can provide solution to the main problem of public transport system, which is the network from the homes of the passengers to the nearest train stations.

He said, the transit bus prepared by the train stations do no enter every residential areas, thus, making it difficult for the passengers to fully utilise the public transport service.

“We will see if the Gojek system can resolve this problem and Syed Saddiq explained yesterday that he will propose it to the cabinet to gain the opinion from the cabinet ministers.

“Although Syed Saddiq’s proposal represented the youths from the aspect of job opportunities, I am more responsible towards the safety, operation and others.

“We will not reject the proposal but on the contrary, we are open towards any investment towards the transport in this country. However, we need further studies from our local agencies,” he said.

He also emphasized that the former Transport Minister under the Barisan Nasional administration had rejected the implementation of Gojek in the country.

Anthony also explained that he will not be making the final decision on the motorcycle e-hailing.

“If we allow the service in the future, we will not allow only one company to monopolise the industry. On the contrary, we will open it for everyone.

“If the Cabinet agrees that the Ministry of Transport will take over the research of the implementation, we will seek a mechanism and framework on its operation.

“Therefore, at this moment, it is still at the conceptional stage,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette

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