Cabbies to protest without approval in KL

Cabbies to protest without approval in KL

PETALING JAYA - Taxi drivers will protest in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow even without official approval, which has been denied as ASEAN leaders intend to meet at a summit here until Sunday.

KL mayor Datuk Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz said City Hall (DBKL) did not give the drivers permission to group in three areas.

"No permission. Only after ASEAN summit. We will consider after ASEAN summit," he told The Star over the phone.

When asked what the authorities would do if taxi drivers chose to group up anyway, he added: "Then the police and DBKL will have to do something."

Police are expected to raise security for the Nov 18-22, 27th ASEAN Summit, following terrorist attacks in Paris.

Last month, the Klang Valley Taxi Drivers Action Committee said they would protest against the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) on Nov 18.

They said they would meet at Padang Merbok, the KL Mosque and along Jalan Conlay before heading to a final location, which would be announced only on that day.

Speaking to The Star on Monday evening, committee member Kamarudin Mohd Hussain said they would proceed with their plans despite DBKL's rejection.

"DBKL has rejected … We will carry on with the peaceful demonstration," he said, adding that the committee had backup plans in case they met with trouble.

Kamarudin expects some 6,000 taxi drivers to come for the march. The committee claims to represent 15,000 drivers.

The group claimed earlier that SPAD had failed to take care of the industry, and had allowed ride-sharing services such as Uber and GrabCar to operate here.

Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Zainol Samah confirmed that he did not get any letter from DBKL allowing the protest to go on.

SPAD will also hold a land public transport symposium tomorrow.

SPAD chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar could not be reached for comment.

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