#Asia Governor of Jakarta denies giving Uber permission to operate

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He stresses that Uber is still illegal, need to comply to all government requirements

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Following the release of written statement by ride-hailing company Uber on Tuesday, which quoted Govervor of Jakarta Basuki Tjahaja Purnama’s approval for the company to operate in Indonesia, he responded on Thursday by saying that he never made such remarks.

“This is a one-sided claim [from Uber]. We cannot legalise Uber. I am disappointed by their actions, we invited them to solve the problem together and they [sent out an inaccurate statement],” he said as quoted by Jakarta Globe.

“If [Uber] is still operating, just catch them. This is disrespectful,” he added.

Governor Purnama stressed that in order to be given permission to operate, Uber still needs to meet requirements which includes fulfillment of company’s legality status, payment of taxes, insurance for both passengers and drivers, as well as quality control check for Uber cars.

He also added that as far as legality goes, Uber’s competitor GrabCar, which is a part of GrabTaxi, is the one who is ‘closest to fulfill all the requirements.’

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In their written statement, Uber claimed that Governor Purnama had acknowledged the value that the ride-sharing app can give to the general public, encouraging healthy competition between transportation providers in Jakarta. Uber also admitted that they ‘have made a mistake’ and will comply to the government’s requirements.

While the governor does not plan to sue Uber for making inaccurate statement, he restated that raid against Uber drivers in the capital city would continue.

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