I had been looking forward to this service coming to Malaysia especially Penang since public transportation there is virtually non-existent if you live in the Green Lane area. Even worse is the traffic which is comparable to being on the DC Beltway at rush hour except that in Penang it is everywhere during rush hour.
Unfortunately, like some jurisdictions in the US this is seen more as a threat to taxi companies than a way to alleviate congestion and perhaps even decrease pollution.
From the above link:
The Maryland Public Service Commission has labeled Uber a common carrier. It’s a move the company says could make it impossible for them to operate here in Maryland.And from Malaysia:
Private vehicles offering a taxi-like service through the Uber mobile app are doing so illegally.
They would face the full brunt of the law during a nationwide crackdown by the authorities from Oct 1, Road Transport Department (JPJ) director-general Datuk Seri Ismail Ahmad said yesterday.
He said the service was akin to teksi sapu or kereta sapu as the vehicles were not licensed to carry fare-paying passengers.