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Despite earlier assurances, many SPAD staff likely be jobless by new year

SPAD-Staffers

Ahirul Ahirudin
Written by Ahirul Ahirudin

KUALA LUMPUR – December 27, 2018: Just a few months ago, in September, employees of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) were relieved when they were assured of their jobs but this is apparently not the case now.

In the latest development relating to the disbandment of SPAD on December 31, a source with the agency said at least 260 of 967 employees will be jobless come the new year.

“On December 18 the bosses told us that from their meeting with the (transport) ministry, they were told there would not be enough places for all of us…. so at least 133 will go jobless by the end of this month.

“As of today, only 318 of us have received offer letters to move to the Land Public Transport Agency (APAD) that will take over from SPAD while the rest have been left in the dark and word is going around that the number of those likely to lose their job will be 260.

“Only four days left and there’s not much time to find places for all of us. We have to be prepared for the possibility of losing our jobs,” said the source.

Even those who will have a new job will only be offered a two-year contract, including permanent staff with several years experience.

It was reported in September that all 967 employees will be absorbed into APAD and several other agencies within the ministry.

Said one employee today: “Personally I have lost faith in the government. If they really want to kick us out, they should’ve just told us from day one and not promise us the moon and the stars. At least that would give us enough time to find a new job.

 

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