LABOUR MEMBER of parliament Ang Hin Kee (above) has been criticised by taxi drivers after agreeing to represent the island’s growing private hire industry.
Mr Ang has come under fire from the National Taxi Association (NTA) – who he has worked with as an executive adviser for six years – after announcing that he will take up a similar role with the National Private Hire Vehicles Association (NPHVA).
NTA president Raymond Ong said:
I am concerned about how NTA members will take this news. Both associations have different interests that have to be ironed out. We will just have to see how it goes.
NTA taxi driver Henry Tay was also sceptical and said: “The NPHVA has asked the authorities to allow private hire cars to use the taxi stand to pick up passengers. Will they next ask for street-hailed rides too?”
Mr Ang has dismissed the concerns and said: “There will be no changes to the way that taxi and private hire cars operate. The only difference is that both groups will now be working together with a common voice.”