Netizens Question How SG Grab Driver Is Able To Earn Over RM16,000 In A Week

Facebook users speculated that they must have worked 14 to 16 hours a day.

Cover image via Bloomberg/The Edge Markets & Beh Chia Lor (Facebook)

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A Grab driver recently shared their weekly income that totalled to a shocking SGD5,228 (RM16,889) in just one week.

While this would make most jump at the opportunity to become an e-hailing driver, some netizens were concerned at the cost it came at.

A screenshot of the driver's earnings was shared on the Facebook group, Beh Chia Lor, on 27 January. The post said impressive total was earned right before the Chinese New Year period.

According to Singapore Chinese newspaper Lianhe Zaobao, e-hailing services experienced a surge in prices close to that time period. This was attributed to a shortened supply and larger demand for their services due to drivers taking a break for the New Year.

The driver's statement also showed that they earned SGD2,081 (RM6,737) in incentives alone, but they did not reveal the total number of hours they worked per day.

Surprised by the amount, many netizens wondered how many hours the Grab driver had to work to earn such an income

One former e-hailing driver claimed that they drove for eight hours straight for three days and he still earned less than half the amount the Grab driver did.

Another Facebook user replied that one would need to drive a whopping 12 to 15 hours a day to earn the same amount.

Other users also guessed similar total hours at around 14 to 16 hours a day. 

One person even speculated that the driver in question might be a Premium XL driver, which incurs high costs for passengers and thus higher earnings for drivers.

Another user stated that the high amount of incentives he earned was itself a testament to the number of hours he spent driving.

Meanwhile, a few users were concerned for the Grab driver's health, given the amount of time he must have been working every day

One user encouraged the driver to "keep going" but also told him to watch out for his health.

In the same vein, one user warned that it is hazardous to one's health to drive for such long periods of time without any rest, especially in the long term.

"No money can buy back health," they said.

Another user suggested that there might be a higher likelihood for road accidents to occur.

A different user simply opined that the pros of the pay are not worth the cons of long hours spent working.

If you're curious about taking up e-hailing yourself, read about what the job entails here:

A Malaysian food delivery rider recently claimed to have over RM100,000 in his Grab e-wallet from working long hours:

Meanwhile, a foodpanda delivery rider also recently cautioned that the job is not for everyone:

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