Tapi akhirnya wang bersih untuk belanja dapur amat sedikit. Anak nak minta belanja sekolah pun tak ada. Begitu sedih dan geram dengar cerita dia. Lebih baik jadi pengemis dari jadi pemandu Airport Limo agaknya pada fikiran saya.
Akhirnya dia mengambil keputusan untuk berhenti bekerja sebagai pemandu Airport Limo. Dia pun bekerja sebagai pekerja kilang dengan gaji sekitar RM1000 sebulan. Dia amat bersyukur dapat bekerja dengan gaji sekitar RM1000 tersebut dari menjadi pemandu Airport Limo.
Saya cubalah mencari bahan berita dari internet, dari Utusan Malaysia, Berita Harian, Metro, Kosmo, Harakah, Keadilandaily dan sebagainya akan kisah derita pemandu Airport Limo ini. Tak ada pula.
Akhirnya jumpa satu artikel di bawah ini yang mengesahkan kisah derita bekas pemandu Airport Limo yang saya jumpa sebelum ini.
Itu baru kisah para pemandu Airport Limo.
Belum lagi kisah begitu ramai pemilik rumah yang bekerja tetap dengan gaji sekitar RM1000 ke RM 2000 di Seremban dan mungkin di seluruh Malaysia yang rumah mereka dapat notis akan dilelong apabila tidak bayar ansuran pinjaman bank sebanyak 3 bulan. Hairan saya macamana Skim Rumah Pertama , Skim Rumah Mampu Milik dan macam-macam skim perumahan rakyat dilancarkan ketika ini, tetapi hakikatnya masih ramai rakyat mendapat notis lelongan rumah dan masih banyak projek perumahan terbengkalai belum dipulihkan.
Rozmal bin Malakan
Little ambassadors’ taken for a ride
February 14, 2012
Airport Limousine Malaysia (ALM) is accused of raking in millions in profit while the taxi drivers struggle to earn a living.
SEPANG: The government calls them Malaysia’s “little ambassadors”. But these people who sit behind the wheels of airport limousines are being taken for a ride by errant taxi companies.
During a visit to the Airport Limo Malaysia (ALM) office near the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), FMT spoke to a source from ALM to find out more.
The source said that in order to become a taxi driver, the applicant needed to pay a deposit of RM4,500 for a new cab while a second-hand cab would cost about RM2,000.
“That is excluding a radio deposit of RM500, agreement fee of RM100 and a safety kit deposit of RM150 which includes a first aid kit, fire extingusher and a safety triangle,” he added.
But what hurts the most, said the source, was that budget limousine taxi drivers at KLIA needed to fork out RM152 in daily rental.
Daily radio rental unfair
For starters, the source said that it was unfair for ALM to charge the budget limousine taxi drivers a daily rental for the radio when the latter already paid a deposit.
He pointed out that even a new driver was forced to pay deposit for the radio although the cab might have one installed beforehand.
“And the RM1 insurance fee is also questionable as ALM only takes a third party insurance for them. If the taxi driver meets an accident, the driver has to pay for repairs,” he said.
In addition, the source said, nobody knew why the company charged an additional “welfare fee” of RM10 for taxi drivers when they were already paying another similar fee of RM5.
“It’s not like ALM conducts events or celebrates any occasion with the taxi drivers. At most, the taxi drivers get RM350 if they are hospitalised. Besides, why can’t the company bear the expenses of the taxi drivers’ medical claims like what other private companies do?” he asked.
Queried on why the taxi drivers were required to pay a sub-daily charge, the source was also in the dark over the matter.
The source added that through the rentals, ALM was raking in millions in profits at the expense of poor budget limousine taxi drivers.
“There are about 700 budget airport limousine taxis. ALM also has about 200 premier airport limousine taxis and about 100 luxury aiport limousine taxis and vans. From the RM152 daily charges, ALM makes about RM106,400 a day just from the budget taxis. That stands at more than RM3 million a month.
“But an average budget limousine taxi driver makes about RM3,000 a month by working 16 to 18 hours a day. Is that fair?” he asked.
‘Complainants’ cabs confiscated’
The source revealed that ALM also made deductions from the coupon system imposed at KLIA.
Citing an example, he said that ALM deducted RM1 for trips that cost less than RM50 and RM2 for trips that costs more.
“In order to make RM100 a day in profit, the budget limousine taxi driver has to make six trips from Kuala Lumpur to KLIA, which means RM12 is deducted by ALM.
“With 700 budget limousine taxi drivers, ALM makes an additional RM8,400 a day which translates into RM252,000 a month in additonal revenue by doing nothing,” he added.
On why the taxi drivers failed to lodge a complaint on the matter, the source said there was a group who voiced their objection recently.
“But ALM confiscated their cabs, depriving them of their livelihood,” he claimed.