- The youth minister met Go-Jek founder Nadiem Makarim last month.
- Facebook/Syed Syaddiq. Syed Abdul Rahman, The Business Times
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Good news – tech unicorn Go-Jek might soon be available in Malaysia, if Cabinet discussions this week go well.
Go-Jek’s founder Nadiem Makarim met Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and Transport Minister Anthony Loke on Monday (Aug 19), Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman said in a Twitter post.
The youth minister, who met Makarim last month, said the super-app’s entry into Malaysia would help create thousands of opportunities for motorcyclists and owners of small businesses.
In the caption, he wrote: “Good news after a meeting with Tun M and Minister Anthony”.
The minister said Go-Jek’s proposal had been accepted and would be discussed in an upcoming Cabinet meeting on Wednesday (Aug 21).
“Motorcyclists want jobs, not just one-off programs or race tracks,” he added. “Don’t underestimate their contributions to the country.”
Go Jek, which began in 2011 as a ride-hailing service, has since developed into a one-stop app where users can order on-demand services such as grocery delivery and beauty treatments.
In a separate Twitter post, Syed Syaddiq said that “hundreds of thousands” of jobs had been created in Singapore and Thailand after Go-Jek entered these markets.
He asked netizens to vote whether they thought the services the app provided – including food delivery and ride-hailing – would benefit motorcyclists.
Over 56,000 people voted in the online poll, with 88 per cent of respondents agreeing with the statement.
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