Malaysia reviews potential of monopoly by Grab and Uber mergers

Tinuku - Malaysia's transport ministry said Wednesday it is studying the potential of monopoly in the ride-hailing market triggered by Grab and Uber mergers under several existing regulations. Uber Technologies Inc. sold their business in Southeast Asia to Grab in March in exchange for shares in a Singapore-based company.

The ministry said the land transport agency received many complaints about Grab raising tariffs since the merger. Grab has become the dominant player in the region. Last week, Singapore's anti-trust agency proposed a fine on Grab and Uber where mergers have reduced competition and suggested improvements such as the sale of a car rental business.

Tinuku Malaysia reviews potential of monopoly by Grab and Uber mergers

"What's imposed on taxi drivers will also be imposed on e-hailing drivers to get the driver's card. We know this is not a move that will please all parties, but we take a more balanced approach and create competition," said Transport Minister Anthony Loke

The monopoly review will be conducted by Malaysia Competition Commission. The ride-hailing driver also gets a one-year moratorium to meet the requirements referring to health checks, car checks and permits. Grab representative is not immediately available to comment on this issue.

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