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Female Grab driver recounts horrifying experience; attacked by 2 men with iron rod

JITRA: A female Grab driver encountered a horrifying moment when two men smashed the rear window of her multi-purpose vehicle.
According to the driver, this happened shortly after she dropped off three passengers at the Kedah Matriculation College in Changlun today.
The victim, who only wished to be identified as Shima said two men on a motorcycle used an iron rod to smash her car window in the 12.45pm incident.
Shima said she did not know the motive behind the attack but did not rule out the possibility that it has something to do with taxi drivers in the area who are against the e-hailing service.
"I just started driving college students for the past three weeks.
"In fact, other Grab drivers have claimed that they had been harassed by taxi drivers who are unhappy as they claimed that their business is affected," she said, after filing her report at the Jitra police station this evening.
Shima, in her 40s, also claimed that the cabbies had warned Grab drivers to stay at least 500m away from the college.
She added that prior to the incident today, her car was surrounded by four taxis in front of the college but she managed to give them a slip.
"It seems that they are still unhappy despite the fact that I kept my distance and stayed 500m away from the college.
"I don't dare accuse anyone for the attack but I guess it has something to do with those who are unhappy with our presence here," she said.
Meanwhile, Kubang Pasu police chief Superintendent Mohd Ismail Ibrahim said police received two reports related to attacks on Grab drivers today.
"One of the case involved the rear window of a car being smashed by two unidentified men.
"We have opened an investigation under Section 427 of the Penal Code for causing mischief.
"The motorcycle used by the men was not fitted with a plate number and we can't directly linked them to the cabbies as yet," he said.
He added that in a separate incident, several taxi drivers had knocked into a Grab vehicle.
Mohd Ismail said police have called the cabbies to the police station to have their statement recorded.
"We didn't open an investigation on that case but have advised the cabbies to take civil action and report the matter to the Public Land Transports Commission," he said.

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