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We're not forcing you to ride on motorcycles - PM responds to critics

Faisal Asyraf
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Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the public has a choice whether or not to utilise the motorcycle ridesharing service.

"If you don't feel safe, don't use (the service). You have a choice. We are not forcing you to take motorcycle rides," he told reporters in Putrajaya this evening.

Mahathir was responding to those who have opposed the proposal on safety grounds.

Entrepreneur Development Minister Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof had said the cabinet agreed in principle to support the ridesharing service proposed by Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.

Commenting on this, Mahathir said the government is looking at how far the service would benefit the people.

The prime minister revealed there have been offers from local players to operate the service but these firms are disorganised.

"If (Indonesian-based firm) Gojek comes here, they will also serve the small businesspeople," he said.

However, Mahathir did not elaborate on how the Indonesian-based company would work with local firms.

Mahathir and Transport Minister Anthony Loke had met with Gojek founder Nadiem Makarim to discuss the service.

The previous BN administration had banned motorcycle ridesharing for safety reasons.

Saddiq had said the service would enable motorcyclists to earn an income, which he said is a better alternative than youths engaging in illegal racing.

He said it would also enable youths to get the capital to invest in their education and future.

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