MyCC to probe Grab-Uber merger, says Loke

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PUTRAJAYA — The merger of e-hailing services Grab and Uber will be probed by the Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC), Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook announced yesterday.

Loke said the probe would begin immediately after new regulations affecting e-hailing firms are implemented today amid concerns of a Grab monopoly following the merger.

“The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) received numerous complaints following the merger regarding the risks of a monopoly in the e-hailing sector,” Loke said during a press conference.

The probe comes on the heels of Singapore also investigating the merger and ruling that the move had lessened competition for Grab and resulted in fare hikes.

Grab and Uber merged after Grab’s takeover of Uber’s South-east Asia operations in March.

Since then, there have been complaints regarding Grab raising fares due to the lack of competition.

Earlier, Loke said the Transport Ministry will review the effectiveness of existing laws in dealing with drink driving cases.

He said an immediate solution would be sought to address the issue after existing provisions under the law were not deemed sufficient to deter errant drivers.

“If the existing laws are not strict enough, we will consider to tighten them after this,” he told reporters after flagging off a convoy of 22 participants driving Porsches from Putrajaya to Bangkok, Thailand, to participate in the sports car brand’s 70th anniversary celebration.

Loke was commenting on an incident which left four men dead and another with a broken leg in Tawau, Sabah on Sunday.

He said he had ordered a detailed investigation into the incident.

At about 1.15am Sunday, a car driven by a woman suspected to be under the influence of alcohol was said to have hit three vehicles and pedestrians at Jalan Chong Thien Vun, Tawau.