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Fate of SPAD staff remains uncertain despite assurances — and deadline

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Ahirul Ahirudin
Written by Ahirul Ahirudin

KUALA LUMPUR – July 13, 2018: The fate of Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) employees remains uncertain as the one-week deadline set by Transport Minister Anthony Loke to resolve their employment status expires today.

On Wednesday night, Loke told The Mole that he had no comment for now despite earlier giving an assurance that he would respond this week to the employees’ worries about their future.

It was reported on July 5 that the employees were told by their senior managers not to put much hope on the prospect of automatic re-employment which they were assured of in May.

The report indicated that at least 30 per cent of them will lose their jobs once SPAD was dissolved despite their willingness to take a pay cut.

This was decided after four committees that were tasked to chart the decommission of SPAD concluded it was not possible for all of them to be transferred to Land Public Transportation Agency (APAD) and Road Transport Department.

This development contradicts Loke’s promise on May 24 when he said that the approximately 800 SPAD employees would be absorbed into those agencies.

APAD is expected to be established after amendments to the SPAD Act, Land Public Transport Act and Road Transport Act are made.

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