Stay Alert! Grab users and drivers

Women need to be more alert when using Grab - Pix from Google

By Huzraifah Atikah

Grabcar is one of Malaysians favourite alternative transport over the past few years.

However, this has also brought along cases sexual assault, rape and robberies, for both drivers and passengers.

Some even impersonate as Grab drivers to unsuspecting victims. 

The most recent case happened on Jan 7 at about 11pm, when a woman aged 23 was almost raped in a bush after entering a car she thought was her Grabcar ride at Jalan Tun Abdul Razak, Johor Bahru. 

Reportedly, after she was notified by the application that her Grabcar has arrived, she just entered a car that was near the pick up point without even checking the car’s plate number. 

According to the JB south police chief ACP Shahurinain Jais, the victim booked a ride to Larkin and was supposed to get into a Perodua Bezza but she entered a Proton Gen2, which driven by the suspect.

Shahurinain said the 31-year-old suspect then pretended to be a Grab driver and drove off. The victim only realised something was wrong when he wasn’t using the right route to Larkin and was circling in the same area. 

The victim tried to escape but the suspect managed to subdue her before trying to rape her.

She then managed to escape and stopped a passing car for help.

Police later arrested a Pakistani suspect who has confessed to the crime. The Gen2 car has also been seized.

Similar cases have been reported several times before. For example the NST on June 12, 2017, reported that a Grab driver was arrested for allegedly raping a female passenger in Seri Kembangan.

On July 19, 2017,  a teacher who worked as a part-time Grab driver in Penang, suffered a 12-hour nightmare when thieves robbed him, stripped him naked and photographed him.

On June 24, 2018, a 27-year-old Grab driver was found strangled to death in his Perodua Myvi at a car park in Taman Selayang Makmur, Selayang.

Grab Malaysia head Sean Goh had said that the company viewed the safety of its passengers and drivers seriously. They now have a zero-tolerance policy to any crime or serious misconduct by its drivers. Such drivers will be sacked immediately.