Prime Minister Najib Razak recommended people under the category of B40 (Bottom 40) income group should consider being Uber drivers to earn a part-time income.
During the tabling of Budget 2017 at the parliament yesterday, he said Malaysians who have their own vehicles may opt to try the Uber ride-sharing service for an additional income to cope with their respective living standards.
“To assist the B40 group, especially BR1M (Bantuan Rakyat 1 Malaysia) recipients, to generate additional income, the government will encourage their participation as ride-sharing drivers such as Uber drivers, particularly those who own vehicles,” he said.
Najib elaborated that Malaysians are able to earn up to RM1,500 extra in a month by being part-time drivers besides their full-time job.
“Their income could reach up to RM1,500 per month for part time drivers working between 10 to 40 hours per week and RM4,300 if more than 40 hours per week,” he said.
He said as an incentive, Putrajaya will also help those without vehicles to purchase their own transport by giving a rebate of RM4,000 for Proton Iriz and for down payment to be made via the BR1M government cash aid.
“To those who do not own a vehicle, down payment can be made using BR1M.
“A rebate of RM4,000 will be provided for the purchase of Proton Iriz,” Najib added.
Meanwhile, engineer Shanjeev Raj, 29, who is a part-time Uber driver said such move by the government will allow many youths to explore the Uber and Grab Car ride sharing service.
“I think this gives an opportunity for the generation X and Y to start doing something instead of cracking their heads to earn an income.
“I believe with this aid, those who do not have a car, may purchase their first Proton Iriz and use it to earn an income to sustain their daily lives,” he told Malaysia Outlook.