Cabbies also want to sue anti-ISA street demo organiser

(The Star) KUALA LUMPUR: Cabbies who suffered loss of income during the anti-Internal Security Act (ISA) demonstration on Saturday want to sue to organiser for compensation.

Taxi And Limousine Drivers Association president Yusof Lahir said every driver suffered loss of around RM150 that day when the protesters clogged the roads in the heart of the city.

“We are handing over a memorandum to appeal to the Government to sue Gerakan Mansuh ISA, the organiser, for causing havoc on the streets,” he told reporters after handing over the memorandum to Federal Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin at City Hall yesterday.

About 100 taxi drivers holding placards turned up to show their support in front of City Hall in Jalan Raja Laut.

Raja Nong Chik said he has received memorandums from several associations and hotel operators, hawkers, traders and hypermarket operators urging the authorities to take legal action against the organiser.

Addressing claims: Raja Nong Chik fielding questions from press members at City Hall yesterday after the handover of memorandums to him by several associations.

“Some travel agents indicated that the number of tourists from the Middle East had dropped by half in the past few days,“ he said, adding that the recent street protests had made tourists feel unsafe after watching the event on TV.

Raja Nong Chik stressed that the Government was not liable for the claims made as the loss of income resulted from the demonstration.

“We shall compile these claims and memorandums to be sent to the organiser to show it that people are not happy when their businesses are affected,” he said.