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Relief for SPAD employees, future secured after all

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR — September 28, 2018: After months of worrying, the employees of the soon-to-be decommissioned Land Public Transport Comission (SPAD) can sigh a breath of relief.

All 967 will not be jobless come next year after they were today offered contractual employment of two years by the Ministry of Transport.

This comes as a big surprise after it was earlier said that most of them would not be absorbed into SPAD’s replacement, the Land Public Transport Agency (APAD).

“Everyone will be compensated if we stay (at SPAD) until December 31,” said sources who attended a briefing with Minister Anthony Loke and the ministry’s Secretary-General Datuk Seri Saripuddin Kasim.

According to the sources, they will be absorbed into the ministry and several of its agencies like the Road Transport Department and the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board in Sabah and Sarawak.

It is believed that the compensation will be calculated based on the number of years the employees have served SPAD, with those serving less than three years given a maximum of three months of pay.

The disbanding of SPAD and some other entities is part of the Pakatan Harapan government’s belt tightening measures to eradicate redundancies.

Since it was first announced in May, the decommissioning of SPAD gained notoriety after most of its employees would have their services terminated despite Loke’s assurance to the contrary.

“It’s a good closure for us. Now we can start planning our future,” said an employee, adding that some of the higher-ranking ones will however have to agree to a pay cut.

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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

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 zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.