Grab's cash advance scheme for workers raises eyebrows

An image being circulated on Telegram chats shows a worker's eligibility to apply up to $8,918 under Grab's Upfront Cash programme. The scheme allows selected workers to get hold of part of their projected earnings.
An image being circulated on Telegram chats shows a worker's eligibility to apply up to $8,918 under Grab's Upfront Cash programme. The scheme allows selected workers to get hold of part of their projected earnings.

Food delivery rider Atikah Ahzamshah will be jetting off to Milan for a well-earned Italian holiday, partly thanks to a new cash advance scheme being run by Grab that is raising some concerns.

Ms Atikah, 27, took a cash advance of about $1,380 from Grab last month to buy the return air ticket.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 24, 2019, with the headline 'Grab's cash advance scheme for workers raises eyebrows'. Subscribe