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Uber aims to add 100,000 new drivers in Malaysia

Uber Malaysia is targeting to add 100,000 new drivers for 2016 despite the rising pressure from Malaysia's taxi companies.

As reported by The Star Online, the general manager of Uber Malaysia, Leon Foong mentioned this notion would benefit many to increase their incomes and decrease their dependence on personal vehicles in this harsh economy.

Uber has 60,000 registered driving partners in Malaysia so far, though not all of them are active.
"These part-time opportunities just make a lot of sense in terms of increasing incomes while serving people who need rides," he tells The Star Online.

“We plan to create 100,000 new flexible economic opportunities in Malaysia to meet the economic challenges that Malaysians face,” he said. “There are 7 million people living in the Klang Valley, so we’re just getting started,” he added.

Foong revealed that Uber planned to launch their new products this year to “maximise time and seat efficiency”.

Uber was founded in 2009 and only reached Malaysia two years ago but taxi drivers protest against the service as they claimed it affects their livelihood as Uber usually charges their customers a lower fare than taxis.

The government and taxi companies have raised questions regarding Uber's legality as they do not pay taxes or licensing fees and those opposed to Uber also argued that the unlicensed drivers may be a safety hazard to passengers.

However, a Land and Public Transport Commission (SPAD) survey showed that 76.4% of 9,026 respondents preferred Uber and GrabCar over regular taxis in the country.

The Klang Valley Taxi Drivers Action Committee recently filed an application for a court injunction at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur to stop the government's alleged plans to legalise Uber and GrabCar services.

The chairman Zailani Isa Usuluddin warned that regular taxi drivers may be driven out of business if the government legalizes these services as his members suffered a 60% drop in business ever since the introduction of Uber and GrabCar.

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