Following the protest and demonstration by Klang Valley taxi drivers yesterday, the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) has said that such acts will not help to solve the problems and will only create a more negative public outlook towards the local taxi industry, according to news reports.
The reports cited SPAD Chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Syed Albar saying, “They are free to express their unhappiness but it is not by taking their frustration or unhappiness to the streets as it won’t be of any help. Instead they should come forward and provide us with their input as we are already taking steps to review and make changes to the taxi industry,”
Despite not having a permit to hold a protest and demonstration, about 250 taxi drivers had illegally gathered at Padang Merbok to vent their frustrations against SPAD for not enforcing the ban of mobile-app based ride-sharing services like Uber and Grabcar, which has allegedly affected taxi drivers income.
The protest asks for SPAD Chairman’s resignation with a memorandum submitted to the Parliament.