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Majority of SPAD staff expected to lose their jobs

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Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – August 10, 2018: Staff of the soon to be scrapped Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) are likely to know their fate on Monday and most likely it’s not going to be good news.

Sources said the matter will be raised in Parliament, where it will be announced that only a handful of the over 800 permanent staff will be be absorbed into the Road Transport Department (RTD) and the Land Transport Agency (APAD).

“More than half won’t make the cut. They will be lucky if 15 per cent will be retained,” said one source.

“The RTD and the ministry are already bloated. Taking in more would not only cause a duplication of positions but also contradict the government’s plan to cut cost,” he said.  

The reemployment of all SPAD staff into the RTD and APAD was initially guaranteed by Transport Minister Anthony Loke following news of the plan to dissolve the commission and replace it with APAD.

Several SPAD personnel who spoke anonymously said they have been hearing that most of them will be retrenched.

“We have been preparing for the worst since last month. We all knew that the minister’s guarantee was nothing more than an empty promise. But I do hope they spare the older, low-level staff because it would be hard for them to get a new job at their age,” one of them said.

Last month, The Mole reported that around 30 per cent of SPAD’s staff may not be absorbed as promised by Loke despite their willingness to take a pay cut.

Previously, Public Service Department senior officials in charge of SPAD’s decommission indicated that the bulk of the 30 per cent were higher level executives.

Loke has yet to reply to an inquiry on the situation.

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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]