CAN THRIVE Hisham’s will­ing­ness to be probed for al­leged graft is wel­com­ing

New Straits Times - - Letters -

Pro­gramme and qual­i­fied cab­bies ex­it­ing from the pa­jak model were granted in­di­vid­ual taxi per­mits and RM5,000 each to pay for the down­pay­ment of a new taxi.

A large pool of me­tered taxis is nec­es­sary to en­sure fares re­main sta­ble and not al­low ride-hail­ing apps, such as Uber and Grab, to dic­tate terms.

If taxis are driven out of the mar­ket, peak de­mands and surge pric­ing will be the norm and no longer re­stricted to rush hour.

But how do taxi driv­ers com­pete in the new econ­omy? The short an­swer is to be flex­i­ble and not in­sist that their pas­sen­gers must pay no less than reg­u­lated fares.

There is no rea­son why they can­not agree to the same fares and in­cen­tives ac­cept­able to pri­vate car driv­ers, more so when taxis run on much cheaper nat­u­ral

WED­NES­DAY, MAY 10, 2017 gas for ve­hi­cles.

Should they do so, Uber and Grab could lump taxis with pri­vate cars, and this will al­low them to have the equal op­por­tu­nity to re­ceive just as many book­ings through e-hail­ing.

Cab­bies have the added op­tion of pick­ing up street-hail­ing pas­sen­gers and get to col­lect higher reg­u­lated fares when us­ing me­ters.

And if they treat ev­ery pas­sen­ger as a VIP, taxi driv­ers could add 20 to 30 pas­sen­gers a month to their reg­u­lar cus­tomers.

They could eas­ily clock 20 to 30 trips a day from street-hail­ing pas­sen­gers and e-hail­ing.

Those who can com­mu­ni­cate well with for­eign­ers can act as tourist driv­ers and earn much more from hourly book­ings, shop­ping com­mis­sions and tips. On the other hand, those who stick to the old ways by only wait­ing at train sta­tions and shop­ping malls will earn less.

The car­di­nal rule for ser­vice providers also ap­ply to taxi driv­ers: never be rude or an­gry, even when cus­tomers are wrong. WE are a par­lia­men­tary democ­racy and our peo­ple al­ways wel­come more young lead­ers in pol­i­tics, es­pe­cially from the rul­ing side, to strengthen the party’s vi­sion and mis­sion. Sim­i­larly, for the op­po­si­tion, busi­ness­men or cor­po­rate fig­ures, the doors are open for them to join any party.

To­day, most young politi­cians have their own fi­nan­cial sources. In fact, they should be fi­nan­cially sup­ported for their po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties and liv­ing. Tra­di­tion­ally, most po­lit­i­cal lead­ers are ex­pe­ri­enced in busi­ness and the cor­po­rate world.

In Malaysia, there are young politi­cians whose sources of in­come are de­clared in­con­sis­tently. Their as­sets and life­styles are mys­te­ri­ously ac­quired.

I think the time has come for youth par­lia­men­tar­i­ans and party lead­ers to be trans­par­ent.

The idea of urg­ing young politi­cians to de­clare their fi­nan­cial sources should have been im­ple­mented much ear­lier by the In­land Rev­enue Board (IRB).

I be­lieve cor­rup­tion can be over­come if IRB agrees to a sys­tem that re­quires politi­cians to de­clare their sources of in­come, as­sets, be they per­sonal or pro­cured, des­ig­na­tions in par­ties, and as well as busi­ness or­gan­i­sa­tions, and al­lowances or re­mu­ner­a­tions re­ceived in the ca­pac­ity of the party.

Re­cently, we heard the story of a youth leader whose as­sets were unusu­ally large. As a young pro­fes­sional who dreams of con­test­ing in gen­eral elec­tions, I am de­lighted to know that Spe­cial Func­tions Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Hisham­mud­din Hus­sein is will­ing to be in­ves­ti­gated for al­leged cor­rup­tion.

We need more lead­ers with char­ac­ter and will­ing­ness to fight cor­rup­tion. His in­tegrity and lead­er­ship traits are ex­am­ples to newly-en­trusted young lead­ers.

Y.S. CHAN, Kuala Lumpur AMERUL AZRY AB­DUL AZIZ, Lo­gis­tic man­ager, Fel­cra

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A large pool of me­tered taxis is nec­es­sary to en­sure fares re­main sta­ble and not al­low ride-hail­ing apps, such as Uber and Grab, to dic­tate terms.

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