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Taylor's nixes contract with bus operator over red rally

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Taylor's University terminated its contract with bus operator Wawasan Sutera, for using bus bearing the varsity's logo to ferry participants of the red shirt rally on Wednesday.

The private varsity was forced to explain that it did not authorise the use of the bus service for this purpose, and it was not used to ferry their students to the rally, after a picture of protesters alighting from a bus bearing the logo was circulated online.

"We would like to reiterate that we did not authorise the service of the bus bearing our logo belonging to third party, Wawasan Sutera, to ferry rally-goers and the bus was not used to ferry our students ot the rally," it said in a statement.

Wawasan Sutera will continue running the shuttle bus service for Taylor's University until Nov 16, 2015 in compliance with the contract, it added.

"Again, we wish to express our regret on the unintentional association of Taylor's University with this event," it said.

Updated 17th September 2015: Taylor’s University would like to expand on the statement that we issued yesterday on the...

Posted by Taylor's University on Thursday, September 17, 2015

It a separate statement, Wawasan Sutera apologised to the university, said it is "deeply saddened" by the uproar over the issue.

"Though it was never our intention to offend anyone, we realised our oversight (and that we were) totally disrespectful and caused damage done to Taylor's reputation," it said.

Wawasan Sutera is a bus service provider company for public and Taylor's University is one of our valuable customer as...

Posted by Wawasan Sutera Travel & Tours on Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The rally called to defend Malay dignity saw laden with anti-Chinese sentiments.

Buses bearing the logo of the National Service Training Programme (PLKN) were also spotted ferrying protestors to the rally in Kuala Lumpur.

PLKN also denied its involvement and explained that the buses were operated by a third party.

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