Thursday, 12 January 2017 4:41 PM
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail (pic) apologised to Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar Thursday for previously criticising the commission on taxi issues.
A strong taxi advocate, Shamsubahrin is also the founder and advisor of Big Blue Taxi and has on many occasions hit out against SPAD in his fight for the rights of the taxi service industry.
“In my quest to contribute and make a difference in the taxi industry, I may have unintentionally hurt certain parties and individuals.
“Today, from the bottom of my heart, I wish to apologise to SPAD, specifically Syed Hamid, for some of the things I have said and done.
“My passion towards the taxi industry clouded my judgment at times and I have certainly learned valuable lessons from these experiences,” he said to applause at the launch of the Big Blue 2GO e-ticketing app.
Also present at the launch was Syed Hamid.
He added that he hoped for Big Blue Taxi to collaborate with other industry players such as SPAD, the Road Transport Department (JPJ) and the Transport Ministry.
“We have had some disagreements in the past, and I hope that in moving forward, it will be water under the bridge,” he said.
With the launch of the mobile application, visitors at Suria KLCC will be able to book a taxi from the concierge in the mall.
Shamsubahrin explained that Big Blue concierge personnel located at all entrances to Suria KLCC will key in the customer’s destination and the fare to be paid.
He said customers will then receive tickets which would have the taxi registration number and a receipt for future reference.
“This (the payment) will include insurance coverage and transport services.
“Insurance coverage is one of the most important forms of protection for public transport users,” he said.
He added that Big Blue would be providing emergency ambulance services at all counters during the mall operation hours.