Taxi drivers conduct peaceful march against ride-sharing services to Parliament in KL

About 500 taxi drivers gathered peacefully in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday (Nov 18) to protest against ride-sharing services like Uber and Grabcar.
About 500 taxi drivers gathered peacefully in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday (Nov 18) to protest against ride-sharing services like Uber and Grabcar.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KUALA LUMPUR - About 500 taxi drivers gathered peacefully at the Padang Merbok field in Malaysia's capital of Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday (Nov 18) and marched to a spot about 50m from the entrance of the Parliament building.

Police officers at the scene controlled the flow of protesters, which resulted in just a bit of slow-moving traffic.

Opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail accepted their memorandum and the group dispersed without any incident after a protest of about a little more than two hours.

The protest was staged to demand the banning of ride-sharing services like Uber and Grabcar because they are undercutting their prices and eating into their livelihood.

They are also demanding that Prime Minister Najib Razak keep to his promise of giving individuals taxi permits instead of giving them to big companies.