Malaysia launches women-only taxis

2011-11-27 16:57

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia has launched a fleet of women-only taxis, an initiative that follows pink-coloured train coaches and buses aimed at shielding women from harassment, reports said on Sunday.

Fifty women taxi drivers have started plying greater Kuala Lumpur on an on-call basis, and the government hopes the number of special taxis will expand to 400, The Star and the New Straits Times dailies reported.

Heng Seai Kei, deputy minister for Women, Family and Community Development, was quoted as saying the taxis made travelling safer for women, as well as providing jobs for women who wanted to be taxi drivers.

"We hope it will reduce the number of rape and robbery cases involving taxi drivers and female victims," Heng was quoted as saying at the launch of the service.

Late last year, Malaysia's state-owned bus company began running female-only buses on several routes in Kuala Lumpur during peak hours to help counter sexual harassment on crowded public transport.

They followed ladies-only pink train carriages launched on the transport system to give the women in the Muslim-majority country the option of travelling separately from men.

  • Lyndatjie - 2011-11-27 17:16

    So instead of arresting the men - lets isolate the women further? because after all - we all know that it is entirely the WOMAN'S fault if she is being harrassed and raped... Modern society makes me sick! At least this way the women will be save - but its quite a solution.....

      Melanie - 2011-11-28 12:04

      The minister that put this plan into action probably has no control over the police force. This is the only way she can make it safe for a woman to travel. I think it is a great alternative than waiting for the police to do something about rape and sexual harassment and even if they do stop the criminals the justice system would probably let them off easy.

  • Fred - 2011-11-27 17:27

    Usual problem - Muslim men unable to control themselves.

      Barry - 2011-11-27 19:30

      It is not fair to generalize. There are probably more than enough "Christian" men that cannot control themselves either.

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