Go-Jek gets vroom to operate in M’sia after cabinet decision

A Gojek driver rides his motorcycle through a business district street in Jakarta,Indonesia, June 9, 2015.

PUTRAJAYA: The Cabinet has agreed in principle to motorcycle ride-hailing services being implemented in the country.

Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof said Cabinet in its weekly meeting on Wednesday (Aug 21) discussed the matter at length, and gave the "green light" for the project to go ahead.

"Cabinet in principle has agreed for this 'Go-Jek' service to be implemented.

"The Youth and Sports Ministry and the Transport Ministry have been asked to work together and discuss what laws need to be amended or created to enable this service to be implemented in the country," he told reporters after launching the Tekun Mart Mobile programme at his ministry here.

Mohd Redzuan said it might take "one or two months" for the two ministries to come up with a way to allow the bike-hailing services to be implemented, which they will then seek the approval of the Cabinet.

He said it was important that bike-hailing services be done legally if executed in this country.

"We want to ensure whatever we implement to develop the economy of our youth, it does not contravene the law," said Mohd Redzuan.

The motorbike ride-hailing idea for Malaysia was mooted following a meeting between Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman and Go-Jek founder Nadiem Makarim with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Go-Jek is an Indonesian motorbike ride-hailing company.

Source : The Star Online