Taxi company boss tells Najib: Make me SPAD chief


KUALA LUMPUR: A day after celebrating his acquittal from a cheating charge involving the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC), taxi company operator Shamsubahrin Ismail offered himself to become chairman of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD).

He said if Prime Minister Najib Razak preferred to keep SPAD acting chairman Isa Samad in the post, then he hoped to be appointed as the adviser.

“I will send a letter to the Prime Minister’s Office today to seek a closed-door meeting with the prime minister to discuss the taxi industry and Isa’s position,” said the founder of Big Blue Taxi Services.

Shamsubahrin was acquitted and discharged by the High Court after appealing against his conviction and sentence over cheating and money laundering related to NFC.

He had been sentenced to eight years’ jail and four strokes of the cane by the Sessions Court in 2015 after being found guilty of cheating NFC executive chairman Mohamad Salleh Ismail involving RM1.75 million and 17 counts of money laundering.

“I must speak to Isa because I want him to cooperate with me to develop and improve the taxi industry,” he told a media conference at his office in Jalan Ampang here.

He said he possessed wide experience in the industry when compared to Isa.

“I know from ‘A to Z’ about how the taxi industry works.

“If you look at the 11 transformation plans launched by SPAD so far, between 10-15% of them were adopted from my ideas,” he said.

Shamsubahrin has been a vocal critic on the appointment of Isa as acting chairman of SPAD.

He said taxi operators wanted SPAD to be headed by someone free of political links and with wide knowledge in the public transport field.

Isa, the former menteri besar of Negeri Sembilan, resigned as chairman of Felda’s listed arm, Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd, during a boardroom tussle with the company’s senior executives.

On the same day of his resignation, June 19, he was appointed by Najib as acting chairman of SPAD to replace Syed Hamid Albar who retired.