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Give local players a chance, Dego Ride urges as govt mulls OK for bike-hailing

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Fri, 23 Aug 2019, 10:51 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 23 — Malaysia’s first bike-hailing firm hopes the government will prioritise local companies amid anticipation of Indonesia-based Go-Jek’s entry into the country.

Nabil Feisal Bamadhaj, who founded Dego Ride in late 2016 and operated in Johor before the Najib administration banned it, urged the Pakatan Harapan government to allow home-grown firms to build a name for themselves.

“My wish is that Dego Ride can be provided a certain niche market in the ride-hailing service market, for us to flourish in it. You can still allow competitors, but we can have a niche market where we can specialise in,” he told newsportal Free Malaysia Today.

Dego Ride was the first company to launch a motorcycle taxi service in Malaysia in 2016, but was declared illegal by the Transport Ministry in January 2017 due to safety concerns.

Go-Jek is an Indonesian motorcycle ride hailing company founded by Nadiem Makarim that’s been operational since late 2010 and is also running in Thailand and Vietnam under the names GET and Go-Viet respectively.

Nadiem, Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman and Transport Minister Anthony Loke met Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad last Monday to discuss the possibility of allowing bike-hailing in Malaysia.

Two days later, Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof said the Cabinet has agreed in principle to the idea, and Loke added that such a service won’t be limited to Go-Jek to prevent a monopoly.

Nabil told the news portal that he welcomed the announcement and sees it as a way to restart Dego Ride.

To date, motorcycle e-hailing exists in nearly a dozen countries ranging from Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Indonesia, India, Mexico, Nigeria, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.


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Govt urged to give serious attention to Go-Jek safety issues

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Fri, 23 Aug 2019, 10:51 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 23 — Safety factor need to be given serious attention in the government’s proposal to implement the motorcycle ride-hailing services or Go-Jek in the country.

Analysts, community activists and the general public are of the view that apart from opening up job opportunities and increasing income, safety issues and the lives of pillion riders and motorcyclists should be given serious attention. 

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)’s Faculty of Engineering’s Road Safety Research Centre head, Associate Professor Dr Law Teik Hua said the safety factor should be given serious attention due to the high incidence of deaths involving pillion riders and motorcyclists in the country every year.

“As we are making efforts to find ways to reduce fatalities involving motorcyclists and pillion riders, Go-Jek certainly captures the interest of young people.

“Even those who don’t have a motorcycle will buy one, which will indirectly increase the risk of their safety and lives,” he said when contacted by Bernama here today.

He was also making comparison with the situation in two neighbouring countries, namely, Thailand and Indonesia, which have long implemented Go-Jek services and described these two countries were different from Malaysia when the main transportation mode was using motorcycles based on traffic conditions and low cost of living.

Sharing the same view, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye called on the government to consider the safety aspect of the proposal.

“If it is to improve transport facilities for the lower income group, this may be an advantage but before it (Go-Jek) is implemented, I hope all aspects of road safety are taken into account. We know that there are many road accidents involving motorcycles... this matter need to be studied thoroughly,” he said.

A private sector employee, Nurul Huda Jaafar, 26, said the proposal to set up a Go-Jek would provide an alternative to address congestion problems in urban areas especially during peak hours.

“Go-Jek can be implemented but some aspects need to be taken into consideration such as the safety of pillion riders and riders, adequate training for riders and choices to select the riders based on gender as for myself I rather pick female riders,” she said.

Convenience store operator Ismail Ramli, 34, said the government should ensure that Go-Jek riders to be provided with adequate training, consisting of individuals who are fully qualified to ride motorcycles apart from the motorcycle used was in good condition.

On Wednesday, Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said the cabinet had approved the proposal to establish Go-Jek services while Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Redzuan Mohd Yusof stated that the Cabinet has decided that a study of the legal aspects of the move be made first before it could be implemented. — Bernama


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Najib misappropriated SRC money

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Fri, 23 Aug 2019, 10:49 AM

KUALA LUMPUR: It was Datuk Seri Najib Razak who was responsible for the misappropriation of money from SRC International Sdn Bhd and not fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, the High Court heard.

Investigating officer Rosli Husain from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) repeatedly said Low, known as Jho Low, “had no interest in the case” during his cross-examination here yesterday.

The 57th witness was answering questions by Najib’s lawyer Harvinderjit Singh.

“Jho Low tiada kepentingan dalam hal ini (Jho Low has no interest in this matter)” was the same answer he gave to several different questions since the proceedings started in the morning.

At one point, Rosli raised his voice when he said Najib was the one who had an interest in the case.

Harvinderjit: The swindling in the case was done by Jho Low and his allies.

Rosli: Disagree.

Harvinderjit: I suggest that Najib was not involved in any of the withdrawals of SRC International money.

Rosli: Jho Low had no interest in this case. The one that had interest was Najib.

Earlier, another tense moment broke out when the witness was testifying on how the commission obtained the statement from former SRC International director Datuk Suboh Md Yassin, who had left Malaysia in 2015 at the height of the 1Malaysia Development Bhd scandal.

“He asked for the MACC’s help

for secure accommodation. The commission bore the cost, ” Rosli added.

The MACC recorded Suboh’s statement on May 28,2018, at Pullman Hotel, Putrajaya, a day after he arrived in Malaysia from Indonesia. Rosli said Suboh was not well when his statement was recorded and the officers had to push him in a wheelchair.

Harvinderjit: According to the procedure, the MACC cannot record a statement from a person who is unwell. Don’t give me these stories.

Rosli: Tuan (sir), do you want to hear my explanation or not? (in a raised voice)

Harvinderjit: Tunggu tuan! (You wait, sir!) Don’t worry, you will have ample time to explain.

To a suggestion, Rosli disagreed that the MACC had pressured Suboh to change his statement to the commission.

“Not at all. I am the investigating officer in the case. I am responsible for this case, ” he said.

Najib is facing seven charges, of which three are for criminal breach of trust, one for abuse of power and three for money laundering involving SRC International funds totalling RM42mil.

The hearing continues before Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali today.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/08/23/najib-misappropriated-src-money


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Safeguards needed to prevent glitches, say experts

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Fri, 23 Aug 2019, 10:48 AM

PETALING JAYA: Airports are part of the critical national infrastructure and procedures must be in place to prevent system disruptions, says Cybersecurity Malaysia’s responsive services division senior vice-president Dr Aswami Fadillah Mohd Ariffin.

“When you deploy any system, you need to understand the risk, then manage it accordingly by having a policy combined with technical safeguards, ” he said, adding an internal investigation was needed to figure out the cause of the problem.

He said the glitch could be due to a number of reasons, from the system configuration not being up to date to pre-existing cybervulnerabilities or upgrading errors.

He warned that even if the disruption was not due to a cyberattack, it put the system in a vulnerable situation which could open it up to an attack.

Cybersecurity company LGMS director Fong Choong Fook said it was difficult to tell whether the disruption was a system update gone haywire or actual malicious activity.

“It’s hard to say. If there’s a ransomware message on the screen, then it’s easier to tell. If it’s just downtime, there could be many factors, ” he added.

Fong, however, noted that such disruptions could also happen without system updates.

“There are a lot of possibilities: poor maintenance, hardware failure, error in patching, software glitches, negligence in operation or, worse, cyberattacks, ” he said.

There are of course fail-safe methods that the airports could use, but that would result in a drop in efficiency, he said.

Fong added that prevention and proactive drills were crucial when large organisations update their systems.

“Information system disruptions are not just statistics; they become business cases and will cost us financially.”

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/08/23/safeguards-needed-to-prevent-glitches-say-experts 


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Dr Dzulkefly: Creation of efficient healthcare financing system to take place in stages

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Fri, 23 Aug 2019, 10:48 AM

KUALA LUMPUR: Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad's goal is to see the creation of an efficient healthcare financing system that will benefit the people, with reforms to take place in stages.

"What I want, my vision and mission, is one day to come up with a health financing system, that does not put focus only on the government, but also on the private sector, insurance companies and the state governments.

"Where all the various resources including from waqaf (endowment) will be streamlined into one payment system where the government is responsible through an entity which will be discussed at another time, " he said during a press conference at the 27th Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia (APHM) International Healthcare Conference and Exhibition on Monday (July 29).

The event, themed “Corporate & Clinical Governance: Partnerships and Participation”‌, saw a total of 700 conference registrants and 140 exhibitors.

He said at the moment, the country's health financing system was predominantly financed by general revenue and taxation by the Federal Government, while the private sector is funded by out of pocket payments and increasingly through third party payers.

He added that spending on health is around 4.5% of the country's gross domestic product (GDP), but well below that of upper middle income countries.

"Health expenditure remains predominantly public spending, amounting to 55% of total health expenditure. This cannot not be sustainable over the long term, " he said.

According to Dzulkefly, the country had also recorded a total of 38% out of pocket (OOP) expenditure in 2018.

"Through the proposed healthcare financing system, the rakyat will benefit the most.

"While we see competition is still open, other aspects such as procurement of healthcare and service delivery will be improved.

"So, you have allocation efficiency, you also have spending efficiencies. This will ensure health financing to be better, " he said.

Asked if he had set any timeline for such initiative, he said such reforms would be implemented in stages.

"The key is health financing reforms. Then only we can have reforms in healthcare, strengthening primary healthcare, role of private clinics, and government health clinics, " he said.

Earlier in his speech, Dzulkefly said despite the financial challenges we currently face, the government assures that it will do all it can in providing healthcare, which is accessible, affordable and timely to a vast majority of the population.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/07/29/dr-dzulkefly-creation-of-efficient-healthcare-financing-system-to-take-place-in-stages 


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Transport Ministry to present bike-hailing paper to Cabinet in one month

Author: savemalaysia   |  Publish date: Fri, 23 Aug 2019, 10:48 AM

SEREMBAN: The Transport Ministry has one month to present a paper to the Cabinet on the mechanics of introducing a motorcycle-based e-hailing service in the country.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke said his ministry would, among other things, look into the legal framework and other aspects such as road safety, insurance, enforcement and cultural sensitivities.

"The Cabinet has in principle agreed to introduce the service as many of my colleagues feel it is good as it promotes entrepreneurship, enterprise and other micro-businesses.

"But this is not going to happen straight away.

"The Cabinet wants us to do a study thoroughly, and only when we have a proper framework can we open this for registration," he told reporters when met after launching the "Fly The Jalur Gemilang" campaign at SMK Panchor here Thursday (Aug 22).

Loke denied Indonesian startup Gojek had been given the nod to run the service here.

"They have not even submitted an application to provide such a service. They have only submitted a proposal on how this can be run," he said.

He added that Cabinet considered bike e-hailing to complementary to public transport system.

"What is certain is that it would not replace public transport. What it will do is provide the first and last mile connectivity and help get people from their homes to the rail or bus network and from the last stop to their offices or other nearby destinations," he said.

On Wednesday (Aug 21), Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said Cabinet had unanimously agreed to allow the service here.

He said the government was sincere in wanting to ensure that the "mat motor" group had tens of thousands of job opportunities.

He said young entrepreneurs and older folk, especially those running warung (kiosks or stalls) businesses, would also be able to sell their products using these services.

The idea to bring bike-hailing services to Malaysia was recently brought up by Syed Saddiq after he arranged a meeting between Gojek founder Nadiem Makarim and Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Transport Minister Anthony Loke.

He later clarified that the move was not merely to bring in Gojek but all other e-hailing companies that included Johor-based Dego Ride.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/08/22/transport-ministry-to-present-bike-hailing-paper-to-cabinet-in-one-month 


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