>> Embattled ride-sharing app Uber already the subject of a US federal probe into whether it broke bribery laws is now launching an internal investigation reviewing its Asia operations for evidence of corruption with officials in the region. Uber hiring a law firm to look into payment records made in Asia and interview employees.
Reuters' correspondent, Dave Ingram.>> The last decade or so, the US government has really ramped up these investigations of bribery by US companies overseas. It's against US law for companies to pay these bribes to government officials in government controlled entities in other countries.>> The internal review comes after Uber said in August it was cooperating with a US Department of Justice probe focusing on suspicious activity in China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and South Korea.
The law firm is also reviewing financial arrangements in Malaysia that may have influenced lawmakers there to pass ride-sharing laws in July. Uber received a $30 million investment from that country's second largest pension fund and participated in a state backed entrepreneurship program.>> Uber could potentially feel constrained in how it is expanding around the world.
No company really anymore has, as its explicit business model, to pay bribes. But Uber employees are gonna feel that much more pressure to be extremely careful when interacting with government officials around the world.>> The new scrutiny comes as Uber tries to rebound from allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace and executive misconduct.
Last month, the Uber board appointed Dara Khosrowshahi of Expedia to succeed Travis Kalanick, who was ousted in June.