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Isa Samad’s SPAD appointment makes no sense at all

June 19, 2017

Is Isa going to create a bigger mess in his new position where the stakes are equally high, if not higher, than FGV and Felda?


Liew-Chin-TongBy Liew Chin Tong

The removal of Mohd Isa Samad as chairman of Felda Global Venures (FGV) is long overdue, but Malaysians were stunned today to learn that Isa has now been given the acting chairmanship of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), filling the vacancy left by SPAD’s founding chairman and former minister Syed Hamid Albar earlier this year.

Isa has made a mess out in FGV and earlier in Felda. He should not be rewarded with such an important position in SPAD which could further erode public confidence towards the government.

SPAD is directly or indirectly responsible for the following projects:

  • East Coast Rail Link, which is worth RM55 billion;
  • KL-Singapore High Speed Rail (RM60 billion);
  • MRT Sungei Buloh-Kajang line(RM28 billion);
  • MRT Circle line (more than RM20 billion).

Is Isa going to create a bigger mess in his new position where the stakes are equally high, if not higher, than FGV and Felda?

What value does Isa bring to the table at SPAD, that Prime Minister Najib Razak has to keep him around even after he was almost universally discredited for the troubles he created in Felda and FGV?

Are there any secrets which Isa is helping Najib to keep resulting in his continued presence in the Najib administration despite not holding a senior post in Umno since more than a decade ago?

Since the creation of SPAD in 2010, I have consistently argued that SPAD and the governing of public transportation should be placed under the transport ministry and not the prime minister’s department.

I urge transport minister Liow Tiong Lai to agree with me that public transport should be placed under his ministry and to reject Isa’s appointment to SPAD.

Malaysians should all voice out against Isa’s continued presence in Najib’s administration despite the major mess he created in Felda and FGV, which should have been investigated much earlier.

Liew Chin Tong is Kluang MP and DAP central executive council member.

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