As Grab takes over Uber operations in Malaysia, consumers are worried about possible fare increases due to lack of competition. Previously, you have a choice between Grab and Uber, so you can pick based on pricing and availability.
With Uber pulling the plug this coming Sunday, there’s now another ride-hailing alternative that you can use in Malaysia.
There’s been a lot of talk recently about Uber selling their Southeast Asian business to local ride hailing service Grab. Today, those rumours and speculations are put to rest as Grab officially announces that they’re taking over operations for Uber in Southeast Asia.
Here’s what that means.
Uber Eats is now rolling out to more locations in the Klang Valley. The food delivery service was first launched for downtown KL, Bangsar and Damansara Heights, and now it is available at Petaling Jaya, Bandar Utama, TTDI and Bandar Sunway.
Have you ever found yourself in a town you’re not very familiar with, have time to kill, and want to go sightseeing? Well if you’re in Ipoh when those desires align, Uber is here to give you a hand with their brand new feature in Malaysia: UberTRIP.
Uber, the company that’s known for offering rides on demand has introduced UberEATS. This is their food delivery service and it has gone live starting today in Kuala Lumpur.
UPDATE: UberEATS has gone live in Kuala Lumpur.
First, they provided rides on demand. Next, Uber is going to deliver food straight to your doorstep right here in Malaysia. Get ready folks, it looks like UberEATS is launching very soon in the Klang Valley.
After teasing it earlier, Uber Malaysia has finally launched their new uberTAXI feature, which is pretty self-explanatory, and a second new feature called uberFLASH.
Ride-sharing services such as Uber and Grab often operate in the grey area of the law. Some countries have outright banned the service citing violation of transportation laws while others have started regulating with special licences.
Despite protests by taxi drivers, the Malaysian government appears to be supportive of ride-sharing to an extent that our recent Budget 2017 encourages people to use their BR1M money to purchase new vehicles for the service. Now both Uber and Grab are finally legal with the latest amendments passed in Parliament.
Uber and Gabungan Persatuan dan Syarikat-Syarikat Teksi Semenanjung Malaysia has signed an MOU to introduce taxi vehicles on the Uber platform in Malaysia. This would allow the best taxi drivers under the association to get passengers through the Uber network.
In the wake of the recent events surrounding Uber, I think it’s time we had a discussion about what I once called my favourite ride sharing service. Has Uber’s service been declining lately? Or is it just one terribly unlucky streak for them in Malaysia?
From my personal experiences, I have to say, it’s the former.