Taxi drivers have vowed to make Bersih 3 rally a success by ferrying rally-goers to the rally point - provided organisers accept a government-offered alternative to hold the rally in a stadium.
The Malaysian Taxi/Limousine and Car Rental Drivers and Operators Association (Petekma) deputy chairperson Mohd Syahrir Abdul Aziz today said Bersih should accept the government offer.
“Just hold it (in a stadium) as many days as you want, but please don’t do it on the street, we want to make money.
“Never mind, if they don’t have (transportation), we can use taxi to fetch them to the stadium…we can earn a bit, right?” said Mohd Syahrir.
He was speaking to reporters after lodging a police report against the Bersih 2.0 coalition at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters this afternoon.
Mohd Syahrir said that past experience has thought taxi drivers that Dataran Merdeka is not a suitable venue because it would eventually descend into a processions.
“I am not agreeable because Dataran Merdeka always become the source that trouble us.
“If the roads are blocked, the situation will become chaos. Tear gas canisters and water cannon will be fired here and there, we can’t make money for the whole day,” he said.
He said 36,000 taxi and limousine drivers within the Klang Valley will be affected by the Bersih rally. He said a budget taxi driver can earn between RM60 to RM70 a day.
He hoped that the police and the relavant authorities will keep Bersih off the streets.