Following the stunt pulled by 10 taxi drivers during a dialogue session with Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad yesterday, 21 October, a former minister has called for the abolition of taxi services in Malaysia
In a tweet yesterday, former Information Minister Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin commented on the taxi drivers who walked out on the session with Mahathir in Langkawi.
Labelling the drivers as "scammers and extortionists", Zainuddin wrote that it would be best to abolish taxi services and retain ride-sharing services such as Grab.
The ex-minister, better known as Zam, also criticised the drivers' rude behaviour at the dialogue session yesterday
"Taxi drivers in Langkawi were rude during the meeting with Mahathir," Zam wrote in the tweet.
The former Information Minister also said that taxi drivers are not the type of "human beings who should be given face".
"If they can be this way with Mahathir, how would they behave towards the passengers?" he added.
Taxi drivers had shouted offensive words at Mahathir and staged a walkout during the dialogue session yesterday
Malaysiakini reported chairperson of the Association of Malaysia Taxi Drivers, Rental Cars, Premium Executive (Perjiwa) Zailani Isaisuludin as suggesting that the disruptive drivers could have been paid to behave rudely at the event yesterday.
"I reject claims that they were members of Perjiwa. I don't know them at all," Zailani said.
"Maybe they were paid by certain quarters to disrupt the event," he added.
Mahathir had offered to resign as Prime Minister after taxi drivers shouted at him and walked out on the dialogue session yesterday: