PUTRAJAYA, July 5, 2018 : Substantial number of Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) executives may not see the light at the end of the tunnel after the commission is scheduled to be dissolved in the third quarter of this year.
Around 30 per cent of the total current workforce of SPAD throughout Peninsular may not be absorbed into the new agency APAD (Agensi Pengangkutan Awam Darat), Road Transport Department (RTD) and Transport Ministry.
The Mole understands that SPAD employees were told yesterday by senior management of SPAD for them “not to put so much hope” to be part of APAD or RTD beginning September.
It was revealed that four committees to chart the decommission process of SPAD which consist of Transport Ministry and Public Service Department (PSD) senior officials concluded that it was not possible for all SPAD staff to be transferred into APAD and RTD.
The four sub-committees are under the purview of Transport Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Saripuddin Kasim.
Despite the willingness and indication by many SPAD staff to take a pay cut to serve in APAD and Transport Ministry, a senior official of PSD said: “Largely it will be the SPAD executives ranging from manager and above that won’t make it.”
When asked the prime reason for the ‘job casualties’ among SPAD personnel, he said: “It is unworkable under the restructuring plan mainly because of the duplication of positions and also due to variety of technicalities.”
APAD is expected to be established after the amendment of several laws or repealed altogether in Parliament this month.
“SPAD Act 2010 will be repealed and the Land Public Transport Act 2010 will be amended to empower the ministry, APAD and RTD. The Road Transport Act 1987 will also have to be amended to empower RTD further,” Transport Minister Anthony Loke had said last month.
Back then, the announcement by Loke was greeted with huge sigh of relief among the commission staff. Today, the sombre mood in the commission’s headquarters is obvious.
“Morale is low among us. We are still shattered since yesterday thinking that some of us will be sacrificed,” said a SPAD executive who preferred to be anonymous.