Bike-hailing in Malaysia sparks safety issues

Critics note lack of clear rules; minister says there will be spot checks during trial run

Malaysia  has kicked off a six-month pilot project involving three firms - GrabBike, Gojek and Dego Ride - that is expected to create 5,000 jobs for lower-income youth.
Malaysia has kicked off a six-month pilot project involving three firms - GrabBike, Gojek and Dego Ride - that is expected to create 5,000 jobs for lower-income youth.PHOTO: REUTERS

Although the hot weather and potholes in the streets can make riding a motorcycle stressful, they did not deter Mr Nur Arifin Mahmud from applying to become a motorcycle e-hailing driver.

"I applied to be a Gojek driver last month, and I am waiting for my application to be approved," Mr Nur Arifin, 33, told The Straits Times, adding that the company had told him the delay was due to the high number of applications.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 11, 2020, with the headline 'Bike-hailing in Malaysia sparks safety issues'. Subscribe