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Indonesian Consumer Foundation disapproves Grab-Gojek merger

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The consumer watchdog believes the merger will eliminate competition in the market

The Indonesian Consumer Foundation has revealed its disapproval when it comes to the potential merger between Southeast Asian ride-hailing giants Grab and Gojek, according to media reports.

Tulus Abadi, the chair of daily management at the Indonesian Consumers Foundation told the media, “The risk of violating consumer rights will be very large because there is no more opportunity to choose. There is only one price and no competition.”

Last month, reports of a potential merger between Indonesia-based Gojek and Singapore-based Grab first came out. If the merger goes through, the merged entity will be one of the most highly valued startups in the world. It could make $16.7 billion in annual revenue and would hit a valuation of $72 billion by 2025, the media reported.

Reportedly, Gojek wants a 50 percent stake in the merged entity; however, Grab wants to hold a controlling stake. The management of both firms held numerous meetings over the last years. Also, recently Grab President Ming Maa and Gojek chief executive Andre Soelistyo held a meeting with regard to the potential merger.

However, responding to a media inquiry, a Gojek spokesperson did state that the recent reports regarding discussions of a potential merger with Grab are inaccurate.

Both companies, which compete with each other in various sectors, have been waging a price war against each other since last year when it comes to ride-hailing and food delivery sectors.

Gojek, which was founded in 2010, has raised a total of over $3 billion in 12 separate funding rounds. Reportedly, the company is also planning to raise another $2.5 billion in a fresh round of funding.

Grab, on the other hand, has raised around $9 billion in 29 separate funding rounds.

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