Last year I visited Malaysia with a group of friends during the summer holidays. Malaysia had always been my travel destination dream since I joined high school. After I alighted at KL Sentral Railway Station, I started looking for a taxi that could take me to the hotel where I had booked accommodation. According to Google Map, the hotel was approximately twenty miles from the railway station. Different drivers who claimed to have discounted taxis approached me, and each was trying as much as possible to gain my attention so that we could offer him the job of transporting us to our hotel. Since we were four in number, we decided to hire a family van for the taxi service because it could transport us together with our entire luggage to the hotel. However, we did not know that different classes of taxis in Malaysia are charged different rates when transporting people to different destinations around the city.
When we arrived at the hotel, we were shocked to be charged twice as much as a regular small taxi for being transported in the family van. The driver, however, insisted that family taxis were considered luxurious transportation vehicle and as such, we were supposed to pay a premium rate, which was slightly higher than that of the other taxis. The driver of the family van had made been sure that he had not told us about his taxi rate while we were departing at the railway station. That is because we probably might have refused to take the family van and opted for a smaller form of a taxi for our transportation. From that experience, I learned that we had fallen victims of the taxi classification scam in Malaysia.