PKR-backed NGO Tuntutan Pemandu Teksi Malaysia (Teksi) has threatened to campaign for Pakatan Rakyat if the government does not fulfil the 15-point demands it has made.

Teksi president Mohd Ridzwan Mohd Daud said today the government should show more concern for the welfare of the taxi drivers.

It should unconditionally grant individual permits to taxi drivers, take action against foreigners driving licensed taxis and have the rental fees waived on Sundays and public holidays.

NONE"I want the government to consider that despite the number of taxi drivers being small, let's say 50,000, a taxi driver carries an average of 20 passengers a day. 

"What if these travel ambassadors (the taxi drivers) become ambassadors for Pakatan during the election period?

"Fifty thousand taxi drivers carrying 20 passengers a day can equal to one million (voters a day). Anything can happen in the two-week election campaigning period!" Ridzwan told a press conference at the Ampang PKR parliamentary constituency operations centre after speaking to taxi drivers.
NONEA hundred taxi drivers were estimated to attend the event and applauded when Ridzwan read out the demands.

PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin, who was also present, claimed that the taxi drivers’ position is unclear under the current system.

“If they (taxi drivers) are (taxi licensing company’s) employees, they should have sick leave, medical benefit and Employees Provident Fund (EPF), but they don’t.”

“Ironically, if they (taxi drivers) are classified as business owners, they still have to pay a licence fee to the company.”