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> Ho­tels deny Big Blue Taxi has exclusive rights at their premises


PETAL­ING JAYA: Ho­tels would be fool­ish to al­low only one taxi com­pany to pick up or drop off pas­sen­gers at their premises.

Such ar­range­ments would be detri­men­tal to busi­ness, said a ho­tel in­dus­try source.

Such ex­clu­siv­ity would also mean guests us­ing taxis from other com­pa­nies would be dropped off on the main road and made to walk to the ho­tel.

This was in re­sponse to claims by Big Blue Taxi Fa­cil­i­ties Sdn Bhd founder Datuk Sham­sub­ahrin Is­mail, who claimed the com­pany had exclusive tie-ups with var­i­ous ho­tels and shop­ping malls.

Sham­sub­ahrin was quoted by theSun last week as say­ing that e-hail­ing service providers such as Uber and GrabCar are not al­lowed to en­ter some ho­tels and malls.

He claimed Zal­nas Limou­sine Sdn Bhd, a mem­ber of the Naza Group, had an ar­range­ment with such ho­tels and th­ese rights were sub­con­tracted to his com­pany.

Sham­sul­bahrin pro­duced a let­ter from Zal­nas signed by its vice-pres­i­dent Su­radi Haji Su­laiman, stat­ing that taxis from Big Blue and five other com­pa­nies could pick up pas­sen­gers from the ho­tels.

How­ever, he could not pro­duce any agree­ments or con­tracts.

A spokesman for Ritz Carl­ton, one of the ho­tels quoted by Sham­sul­bahrin, rub­bished the claim that Big Blue has an agree­ment that en­ti­tled its taxis exclusive rights at the ho­tel.

Gen­eral man­ager of Sun­way Pu­tra Ho­tel Christopher Bong said the ho­tel has no re­stric­tions on their guests’ choice of trans­porta­tion.

“We have no prob­lems with our guests us­ing Uber or Grab.”

Sun­way Pu­tra Mall gen­eral man­ager Phang Saul Lian con­firmed the mall has no af­fil­i­a­tion with Big Blue Taxi.

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