PETALING JAYA, Dec 15 — Ride-sharing service provider, Uber Malaysia, is constantly engaging with various government agencies, including the Land Public Transport Commission, to improve urban mobility.
Its General Manager, Leon Foong, said discussions were productive and mostly centred around the public and riders’ interests, safety as well as how to make public transportation services more reliable.
“Things are going well and we hope to come to a solution that is beneficial for urban mobility,” he told reporters after speaking at a panel discussion on ‘Industry Vs Graduates: Mismatch in Expectations’ here today.
Foong, who refused to elaborate, said it was too early to speculate on possible outcomes of the discussions.
While some taxi operators had called on the government to ban Uber services, Ministry of Finance Secretary-General, Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Abdullah Serigar, had recently encouraged taxi operators to cooperate with alternative taxi services like Uber to provide high quality services to passengers in major cities nationwide.
On December 4, Mohd Irwan was reported as saying that Uber’s business model allowed Malaysians to generate additional income, especially for low-income earners, and this was in line with the government’s effort to attain a high-income economy.
The event today, organised by INTI International University & Colleges, also revealed survey findings it commissioned on mismatched expectations between the industry and graduates in terms of skills and salary.
INTI Chief Executive Officer, Rohit Sharma, said parents and students expected a starting salary pay of RM3,400 while the market average was between RM2,100 and RM2,500.
“There is also a significant gap in the importance placed on communications skills, with 55 per cent of employers citing this as the most critical soft skill while only less than half of the students surveyed placing similar importance on communication skills,” he said.—Bernama