Previously, we shared the reasons why e-hailing tariffs in Malaysia experienced a sudden increase, one of the reasons being an imbalance between supply and demand. Well, it looks like there’s a silver lining as two new developments could set things right in the near future.
One of them is the potential entry of another player in Malaysia’s e-hailing space, Indonesian tech giant Gojek. Earlier this week, The Vocket reported how a Honda City with Gojek branding on its sides was spotted in Kuala Lumpur, which may have been the “unicorn” company testing its services in our country.
Photo credit: The Vocket
Previously, Gojek and other motorcycle e-hailing services underwent a 6-month trial in Malaysia in 2019, but were ultimately rejected. However, Gojek itself offers similar services to Grab in Southeast Asia, including an auto e-hailing service called GoCar.
Therefore, Gojek could still potentially enter Malaysia as Grab’s competitor, similar to how both companies compete in Southeast Asia. Additionally, the Honda City Gojek was also seen with a police escort, which would suggest the whole thing was a video or photoshoot for the company’s marketing in Malaysia.
However, this is all just speculation as nothing is confirmed yet. However, it would make sense that Gojek would film a video of his service in Kuala Lumpur to announce his arrival in Malaysia.
Launching Gojek in our country would also create more serious competition for Grab, which many in the country see as a monopoly in the local e-hailing industry. While there are about 33 other e-hailing companies in Malaysia, no company has the same resources as Grab to seriously challenge the company’s dominance.
Speaking of which, Grab isn’t resting on its laurels either, particularly in regards to the controversy over the recent tariff hike. In fact, the company is currently running a campaign to get more people to join the platform so that more drivers are on the road to meet the demand for passengers.
Beginning June 1, 2022 and ending July 31, 2022, new drivers signing up to Grab are eligible for a sign-up bonus of RM1000 upon meeting certain KPIs. Here are the details:
- The Grab driver account must be activated between June 1st and July 31st, 2022
- The driver must complete 30 trips (transportation) within 30 days from your activation date to receive a bonus of RM 500; or
- Complete 60 trips (transportation) within 30 days from the date of activation to receive a bonus of RM 1000
- The bonus will be paid to you via your Grab Cash wallet
Aside from the above signup bonus, Grab also offers up to 100 percent payouts for all PSV needs. For more information on this campaign, visit Grab’s official website here.
So what do you think of Gojek’s potential arrival in Malaysia and Grab’s campaign to attract more riders? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and stay tuned to TechNave for the latest trending tech news in Malaysia and beyond.