Taxi drivers' protest stalls KL traffic

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Traffic in Kuala Lumpur came to a halt yesterday morning as taxi drivers staged a protest against ride-hailing apps Uber and GrabCar along the city's main shopping belt, local media reported.

The Malaysian cabbies parked their taxis along Jalan Bukit Bintang as a mark of protest against the perceived lack of action taken against the services, which they say have affected their livelihood, the New Straits Times reported.

This brought traffic to a complete standstill along some of the busiest roads in the Klang Valley.

"We were there to protest against Uber and GrabCar," Malaysian Taxi Driver Transformation Association deputy president Kamarudin Mohd Hussain told The Star on the phone.

Mr Kamarudin - who said he was not the organiser of the protest but was there for support - and three other drivers were arrested, the report said.

A Land Public Transport Commission spokesman said they were aware of the issue and were going to come up with a statement soon.