I was quoted by The Malay Mail Online on the Land Public Transport Commission’s (SPAD) proposal to rename Uber and Grab in their article SPAD proposal to rename Uber, Grab raises eyebrows.
Lawyer Foong Cheng Leong told Malay Mail Online that while SPAD could rename both services, it would take more than just a directive from the transport regulator.
He said the move would require an amendment to the the Land Public Transport Act 2010 to bring the services under the purview of the legislation.
“Once they (Uber and Grab) are included in the Act, the government can dictate the names of the operators,” he said.
However, SPAD later denied reports that it may change the names of Uber and Grab as part of its plan to regulate ride-hailing services.