It is 7pm. Thirty year old Eddie Luo finishes up his dinner – a leftover Subway sandwich from lunch – and enters his car. Office hours for Luo were over half an hour ago, but work for him isn’t quite done yet. After checking his car to ensure its cleanliness, he turns on his Grab Driver app.
He receives a ride request almost instantly, which he says is par for the course. “The benefits of operating around Petaling Jaya,” he explains, adding that post dinner hours can be quite lucrative, with some luck.
Luo has been a part-time ride hailing driver for a year and a half now. It seemed like the right thing to do – he is, after all, single, and works as tech support for a medium business that offers a bit of flexibility for when he clocks in and out.
“I’d just be going home and spend the night either playing games with my roommates or watching movies anyway,” he says. “Might as well work a bit, and earn a bit of money.”