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Budget taxi drivers still unhappy with commission rates

16 April, 2008

BY ELAN PERUMAL

BUDGET taxi drivers from the LCCT Terminal who staged a strike since Monday ended their protest at noon yesterday after being persuaded to do so by Senior Selangor state executive councillor Teresa Kok.

More than 400 drivers went on strike to vent their frustrations with the management company that operates the ticketing counters at the LCCT.

They claim that Mesra Indah Jaya Autopart Services and Trading Sdn Bhd (MIJ) had been deliberately issuing premier tickets to passengers who went to the counters with the intention of buying budget tickets.

“We believe the MIJ counters are offering passengers premier tickets in their bid to rake more money from the 9% commission due to the company.

“We are also unhappy over the high amount of commission charged on us as we are already paying toll on behalf of the company,” taxi driver Mohamad Nor Jamaluddin said.

Kok’s office had been holding meetings with the taxi drivers since Monday night before she went at the terminal’s taxi station at 9am yesterday.

She said the taxi drivers had ended the strike with the condition that one of them would be positioned at the ticketing counters so that passengers would not be offered premier tickets if they had not asked for one.

“This is only a temporary arrangement and we want Malaysia Airport Bhd (MAB) to resolve this matersoon,” she said.

Kok was also puzzled why MIJ had postponed a meeting between the company, the taxi drivers and her office that was scheduled at 9am yesterday.

This article is a verbatim copy of the original article from The Star.