Syed Saddiq Wants Go-Jek in Malaysia

  • Youth and Sports Minister YB Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman wants motorcycle ride-hailing service Go-Jek to begin in Malaysia.

  • He says it will provide much needed jobs to Malaysian youths.

  • The decision will be made during the Cabinet meeting on 21st August.

Youth and Sports Minister YB Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman wants motorcycle ride-hailing service Go-Jek to begin in Malaysia.

He said that such service would help Malaysian youths in having jobs, adding that it is not enough for the government to organize programs or build race tracks.

“They want jobs. That is a more pressing issue,” he said in a video posted via Twitter.

Syed Saddiq said that he had brought Go-Jek’s founder Nadiem Makarim to meet with Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahatir Mohamad and Transport Minister Anthony Loke on August 19th.

The presentation was “accepted kindly” and the discussion will be finalized in the upcoming Cabinet meeting on 21st August.

The minister stressed that he would like to create “hundreds of thousands” of job opportunities for motorcyclists.

Go-Jek is based in Jakarta, Indonesia and is the direct competitor to Grab Ride in a number of Southeast Asian countries, including Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and home base Indonesia.

Grab on other hand, originated in Malaysia.

The minister’s recommendation is good, in our opinion, as many have taken up motorcycle-based food delivery jobs such as Food Panda, Grab Food, and so forth.

On the flip side, it will contradict what YB Anthony Loke’s decision to ban motorcycle ride-hailing service. He had issued an order to ban Dego Ride last year and did not allow Grab Ride to go ahead.

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