Malaysia's public transport commission to probe illegal cab service

Malaysia's public transport commission to probe illegal cab service
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KUALA LUMPUR - The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) will investigate claims that a group of Rohingya refugees are opera­ting "pirate taxi" services in parts of Selangor.

"SPAD will investigate the matter and will take stern against those involved," said its enforcement division chief Datuk Che Hasni Che Ahmad.

Prior to this, he said SPAD had not received any complaints about the problem.

A survey conducted by Bernama recently found that a group of Rohingya refugees were running pirate taxi services in Selayang and Rawang, affecting the income of registered taxi drivers.

According to taxi driver Abdul Razak, the Rohingyas were believed to have started their operations about two months ago.

"They operate with used cars and they target those at shopping centres, hospitals and residential areas in Selayang and Rawang," he claimed.

Abdul said the illegal taxis run by the Rohingyas affected the income of registered taxi drivers.

Another taxi driver, M. Thiru Moorthy, 39, said the Rohingya private taxi service had affected his daily income.

He also claimed that some of them had "snatched" customers from him.

"They would cut in while I am fetching passengers," he said, adding that he had even been scolded by them.

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