Rife with Competition.

What determines success and what causes failure? | Photo by i-Butler-world.
What determines success and what causes failure? | Photo by i-Butler-world.

With a little honesty, people will tell you that they don’t enjoy competition. They will tell you that they wished they could run their business, or study for an exam without the heat of a bright spark whose brain is bigger and with a faster processing speed than yours. Wouldn’t you wish you had no rivals and no competition, allowing you to just breeze through life with ease? Oh, that would be an ideal world.

Not really, no. The only competition you should be having is with yourself. I’ve always been told that a little competition is healthy, as it makes you want to be a better person. With a little competition, you can strive to do better, you can push yourself a little further, expand your boundaries just a little bit more, just to know what’s it like and how far you can allow yourself to go. But too much competition will turn even the mildest individual into a raging monster. Everything in moderation, eh?

The reason why I’m bringing this up is because of a few news articles which I read earlier this month. In Malaysia, we now have independent and private cab services managed by a few individuals and provided by anyone who wishes to make a quick buck on the side apart from their usual day jobs. These private cabbies can be a college student, your next-door neighbour who’s a housewife, or the financial analyst who manages your company’s business accounts and needs to change environments every once in awhile because numbers are starting to give him or her a headache. It can be just about anyone who has a car, has a valid driver’s license, and is able to drive. Owning a car and having a driver’s license don’t make you a driver unless you can drive.

Recently, there have been reports of taxi drivers assaulting and vandalizing the cars of these private cab services. Whatever the reason that was given by these taxi drivers for the attacks does not give them the right to harm another vehicle or person. So far, what I’ve read are that these private cab services were not cleared by SPAD (otherwise known as the Public Land Transport Commission in Malaysia). They are operated via a mobile app which you can download and register yourself as a private cab driver. All you need is your car. Which begs the question that if anyone can be a private cab driver, isn’t it dangerous? Suppose a serial child molester or psychotic murderer applied to be a private cab driver, how would you know that he is a legitimate driver and a suitable candidate?

It’s not my place to question them but as a Malaysian citizen and prospective private cab customer, I’m curious if it is indeed safe. I’ve not tried one yet, perhaps I will… some day. Then again, it’s not really that safe sitting in our own local taxis either. Now, those I have sat in before, and oh my, the way they drive is enough to make you buy every insurance package out there to make sure you come out of your journey alive and in one piece. Their driving style leaves much to be desired. Also, I’ve heard horror stories about our own local taxi drivers and how they can be quite a harmful individual too.

Coming back to my post, I’d assume that a little competition would steer our local taxi drivers down the right path to improve themselves. But no, they prefer the aggressive approach and do away with competition. Is this a flaw of our nation that we’re so used to the authorities and government protecting us so much that we can’t stand a little competition? There is zero competition or complete monopolies. Has anyone tried these private taxi services, though? Grabcar and Uber. Which is better?

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2 thoughts on “Rife with Competition.

  1. I’m a fan of Uber. Since I don’t drive and public transportation is pretty bad in KL, it’s either cab or walk. KL’s taxi had been listed at the world’s worst taxi and ever since I have switched to using Uber. So far my experience with them is just like their namesake Uber nice, Uber efficient and Uber safe. 🙂

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    1. Oh, that’s good to know. I’ve not tried either but I do know the reputation that KL taxis have. And even if you paid me a million bucks to sit in a KL taxi, I wouldn’t. They drive quite dangerously, and they aren’t exactly the friendliest nor safest people to be around with.

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