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After promises, ministry now refers ex-SPAD staff to JobsMalaysia

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Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR — February 14, 2019: After a spate of unfulfilled re-employment promises, the Transport Ministry has now asked former employees of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) to seek jobs through an online job matching website.

In an email sighted by The Mole, the ministry is encouraging former SPAD staff, who were rendered jobless after the outfit was decommissioned last month, to sign up with the website, JobsMalaysia, for job opportunities.

“The ministry has created a strategic partnership with JobsMalaysia, a online job matching website that will identify and offer jobs based on the user’s profile,” read the email.

The email contradicted yesterday’s assurance by Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Kamarudin  Jaffar that all jobless SPAD staff will be absorbed into either the ministry, government agencies or government-linked companies.

It also effectively means that Transport Minister Anthony Loke had once again failed to honour his promise to solve the problem by end of January after hundreds of former SPAD employees lodged a complaint to the Congress of Union of Employees in the Public and Civil Services Malaysia.

In December last year, 132 former SPAD staff members submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, asking him to help solve their woes as their  letters of appointment did not come as promised.

Under the initial arrangement, all 967 SPAD employees were promised re-employment and monetary compensation based on their years of service. All of them have received the promised payoff.

SPAD is replaced with the Land Transport Agency.

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Zaidi Azmi

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If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at [email protected]