Not everything is up for Grab in South-east Asia

A car passes a Grab passenger stand and an Uber office in Penang, Malaysia, on April 4, 2018.
A car passes a Grab passenger stand and an Uber office in Penang, Malaysia, on April 4, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

It faces regulators' scrutiny and legal battles, even as home-grown players eye opportunity

Uber may have left South-east Asia for good but the region's US$5 billion (S$6.6 billion) ride-hailing field is by no means wide open for its victorious rival Grab, with home-grown players lining up to challenge Grab in their own countries.

South-east Asia is also uneasy over Grab's virtual monopoly, with the deal to acquire Uber drawing immediate and careful scrutiny from regulators in Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Vietnam.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 09, 2018, with the headline 'Not everything is up for Grab in South-east Asia'. Print Edition | Subscribe