Penang is in no hurry to introduce Gojek


TWO-WHEELED ride-hailing service Gojek provides mobility and the first and last mile convenience; however, is there a need for it to be introduced in Penang?


Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said he did not feel that Penangites were responding to the idea when the it was first mooted in Putrajaya.


“Is Penang ready for it? Is there a need for Gojek in Penang?


“Different location will have different experience.


“Some destinations may not be that suitable because of different circumstances and conditions,” he replied a journalist after opening the Penang Asian Food and Culture Festival at Hin Bus Depot today.


Chow said the decision was for Putrajaya to make, not only for Penang but for the country.


“Putrajaya will have to decide which town or city can receive this service.


“As for Penang, we must understand our transport system.


“Our bus service has not reached its capacity; and we have a lot of motorcycles and other private vehicles in Penang.


“If the rakyat can accept this mode of transport (Gojek), perhaps we can introduce. However if there is no demand, then maybe we can wait a little longer for Kuala Lumpur to experience it first.


“I believe there is no hurry to introduce the service in Penang,” he added.


Story by Christopher Tan
Pix by Noor Siti Nabilah Noorazis
Video by Alvie Cheng