Hong Kong’s Chief of Innovation and Technology Bureau accuses Uber of cooperating with other country’s government
Jan 04, 2016 02:55 AM EST
Newly headed Chief of Innovation and Technology Bureau, Nicolas Yang, prompted that the car-hailing service that has taken the world by storm is not cooperating with the Hong Kong's government. Meanwhile, Uber made its statement regarding the issue.
Nicolas Yang explicitly told the media how Uber's service has been with the Hong Kong government. In a report by EJInsight, the newly established agency is still in the dark on how it will improve the country's technological development after issuing Uber's uncooperativeness. The agency chief who was a past senior tech sector executive stated that Uber is posing a challenge to Hong Kong's core value of law. Also, he told the media that the government should not allow a breach in the law before revising it while noting that Uber cooperates well with Singaporean market but has been using a polar approach with the country.
However, in August, the secretary even praised the Uber's business model. According to South China Morning Post, Nicholas Yang spoke at an event and admired the business model of Uber, further stating that it is "truly innovative." This was after the news that Hong Kong police arrested seven Uber drivers in their head office.
Meanwhile, comments regarding this issue spread from the IT sector of the country. The Hong Kong Free Press claimed that IT sector lawmaker Charles Mok said that he was disappointed with Yang's statements. Furthermore, he said that the government should coordinate with other government bureaus to aid in Uber's problems rather than blaming them. Moreover, Uber challenges Hong Kong rule of law as they are proactively communicating with the government and have had discussions with Legislative Council lawmakers and stakeholders.
After the comments of Nicholas Yang regarding the uncooperativeness that the Hong Kong government experienced with the service of taxi-technology Uber, the latter released its challenge to the government. Also, Nicholas Yang told media that Uber should just waited until amendments were made to the law rather than defying it. Uber's statements circled about its current actions regarding the issue and further insinuating that there should have a co-operation between them as it is essential to the urban transport system.