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Three quarters of SPAD employees to lose their jobs

SPAD-Staffers

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – September 7, 2018: Only 42 of the about 350 mid-tier employees of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) will be absorbed to fill out the 381 vacancies of the soon-to-be established Land Public Transport Agency (APAD).

What this means is that the restructuring by Transport Ministry contradicts the promise by its minister Anthony Loke in May that no one in SPAD would lose his job following its decommission.

According to Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, the disbandment of SPAD along with several other entities were part of the Pakatan Harapan government’s cost-cutting measures and also to eradicate redundancies.

The belt-tightening contention however also contradicts a decision to give a handsome pay rise given to those who will occupy APAD’s top-level positions — the director-general and the two deputies.

A document seen by The Mole says the positions are under Jusa B and C respectively, which sources said was a one-level increment from the grade usually designated to an outfit like APAD.

“It’s like they’re giving themselves a nice big promotion,” commented an officer.

According to information from the Public Service Commission, those under Jusa B and C are paid a minimum basic salary of RM7,788and RM7,189 respectively.

The document also points out that there will be considerable expansion – resulting in 422 vacancies – in several divisions in the ministry, Road Transport Department (RTD) and Sabah and Sarawak’s Commercial Vehicle Licensing Boards.

“Almost every division in the ministry and JPJ will have an increased in vacancies but so few of those in SPAD are being absorbed,” said another source who added that only 178 of SPAD’s 400 lower-tier enforcement officers will be assigned to RTD offices.

It is learnt that about 600 SPAD employees of all levels will receive their termination letters early next month but they have yet to be briefed on compensations.

Talk of a massive layoff implicating SPAD employees was first reported in July, when it was made to understand that around 30 per cent will have to leave.

While Loke had in July said that he needed a week to confirm the fate of SPAD employees, he had consistently from July to August kept mum over the uncertainty.

The bill seeking to decommission SPAD and form APAD was passed by parliament last month and will now go through the Dewan Negara.

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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]