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MAHB hopes to settle issues fast

17 April, 2008

MALAYSIA Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) wants to see an end to problems concerning budget taxi drivers at the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT).

The company's corporate communications general manager Norliza Kamaruddin said it met the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board (LPKP) and the taxi operators to discuss the issues raised by the drivers.

The budget taxi drivers went on strike on Monday and Tuesday claiming 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.

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

"Most of the time business is slow and this was an opportunity for MIJ to make big bucks."

"Since a temporary truce was arranged, everything is back to normal," said the driver.

"While Malaysia Airports acknowledged the issues, further discussions will be made with various parties to resolve the problems," said Norliza.

Norliza added that MAHB was also improving the existing dedicated taxi waiting area with better facilities for taxi drivers who are waiting for their turns to pick up passengers.

The budget taxi drivers ended their protest on Tuesday afternoon after being persuaded to do by Senior Selangor state executive councillor Teresa Kok.

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

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