Thousands of cabbies to protest in KL on Nov 18

Thousands of cabbies to protest in KL on Nov 18
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KUALA LUMPUR - Thousands of taxi drivers are expected to demonstrate in the city on Nov 18 against the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD).

They are expected to gather in three locations at about 10am that day before marching down Kuala Lumpur streets to an unknown location, the event's organizers said.

"We don't want to go against the Government. What we will do on Nov 18 is get the Government's attention," Malaysian Taxi Drivers Transformation Association (Pers1m) deputy chairman Kamarudin Mohd Husain told reporters at the Sentul Curry House.

Kamarudin said this when speaking to a crowd of over 100 taxi drivers who were called there by the Klang Valley Taxi Drivers Action Committee.

He said the taxi drivers were going to gather at Padang Merbok, the KL Mosque and the Craft Complex near Jalan Conlay.

Kamarudin added that the three groups would then converge on a single "secret location" that he would only reveal on that day.

He said that he expected more than 6,000 taxi drivers to come for the protest, adding that believing that such a number would force SPAD chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar to resign.

Kamarudin claimed that SPAD had failed to take care of the taxi industry, and had seemingly allowed ridesharing apps such as Uber and GrabCar to run in Malaysia.

"We don't want SPAD to be dissolved, but the trust given to Syed Hamid Albar has been wasted," Kamarudin said.

When asked if they got a permit from the police, Kamarudin said a permit had yet to be obtained.

However, he did not think that there would be any problems getting one.

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