DISSEMINATING GOVT POLICIES – TAXI DRIVERS WORST CHOICE!

‘Unless the situation on the ground in Malaysia has drastically or radically changed or that our taxi drivers have had a ‘born again’ experience in accountability, good governance, transparency, courtesy and professionalism, I cannot but fathom that the recent comment made by Information Communication and Culture Minister, Dr Rais Yatim that the government is engaging taxi drivers nationwide to help disseminate government policies to the people as simply pathetic and ludicrous?’ – Dr Jacob George


DISSEMINATING GOVT POLICIES – TAXI DRIVERS WORST CHOICE!

Res Ipsa Loquitur!

In the year 2009 the bad attitude of taxi drivers topped foreign tourists’ complaints in a survey on tourist satisfaction conducted!

The complaints ranged from excessive charges, dropping passengers at undesignated stops, and refusal to take passengers, to use meter and to issue receipts!

It was also stated that ‘the bad attitude of our taxi drivers is worst than our filthy public toilets!’

The last comment was made by none other than my dear friend and proactive senior Minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz!

And Nazri is dead right!

He went on to say then that the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board received 1,232 complaints against taxi drivers in the Klang Valley, Johor, Selangor and Penang from January to November that year!

Out of which 493 taxi drivers were slapped with compounds, 294 given warnings, and one had his permit suspended, 320 under investigation while 124 were let as there were no cases against them.

Nazri went on to advice Malaysian taxi drivers to emulate Shanghai taxi drivers who displayed exemplary attitude

So unless the situation on the ground in Malaysia has drastically changed or that our taxi drivers have had a ‘born again’ experience in accountability, good governance, transparency, courtesy and professionalism, I cannot but fathom that the recent comment made by Information Communication and Culture Minister, Dr Rais Yatim that the government is engaging taxi drivers nationwide to help disseminate government policies to the people as simply pathetic and ludicrous?

No one denies that taxi drivers had direct contact with society in their daily activities.

But the Information Communication and Culture ministry is dead wrong to feel that the time has come for the large number of taxi drivers to help promote government campaigns such as the inculcation of noble values, 1Malaysia and the promotion of the national language when their image and behavior is the subject of discussions among the electorate and Malaysian consumers!

I have repeatedly stated that it is pertinent that we engage person (s) who are above reproach, well respected, having a track record, not controversial and respected in society!

The person (s) is after all going to be agents of change and holistic transformation and if the background of the subject is itself contentious – how can one serve the intended agenda or for that matter public interest?

It is comments like this that cause ripples in society and claims that our politicians make public statements @political statements speedily without really addressing core issues first among friendly think tanks and parties on the ground!

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