Grab driver shares what it's like for e-hailing drivers during the MCO in Malaysia

published 01.04.2020 08:12

by soyacincau from soyacincau.com
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PETALING JAYA, March 31 — The movement control order (MCO) has forced many Malaysians to stay home to curb the spread of Covid-19, essentially putting the brakes on businesses such as e-hailing platforms.

Among those affected is Grab driver turned GrabFood rider Yee Kim Chang who found himself adopting a sudden change in profession after the MCO kicked in on March 18.

In a press release published last week, Grab Malaysia country head Sean Goh said that “tens of thousands” of Grab drivers have been deployed to their GrabFood, GrabMart, and GrabExpress operations due to the decline in e-hailing customers and an accompanying spike in delivery orders.

For someone like Yee, it took some time to adjust to being a GrabFood rider after spending the past five years behind the wheel as an e-hailing driver.

I think it was a great idea that Grab started getting drivers to do GrabFood deliveries too as it really helped to increase our income at a time where most Malaysians were staying at home.”