SPAD staff’s future remains unclear

Transport Minister Anthony Loke says SPAD employees will have to qualify under civil servants’ regulations for them to be absorbed under JPJ.

KUALA LUMPUR: There is no decision yet on the fate of some 1,000 employees in the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) after the agency is abolished.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke said at Parliament lobby that the restructuring of SPAD would only be done after the bill to abolish the agency was passed.

The Seremban MP was asked about speculation that only 15% of the staff could keep their jobs.

“These are rumours, as you said yourself. For now, there is no decision on how many will get to keep their jobs, and how many will lose their jobs.

“But the difference between SPAD and APAD (Land Transport Agency) is that there will be no more enforcement under the agency.

“All enforcement will be done by JPJ (Road Transport Department),” he said.

APAD is tasked with implementing policies on the development of the land public transport sector in the country.

Previously, Loke said all SPAD staff would be absorbed into APAD. However, when asked about it today, he said things might have changed.

“The staff under SPAD were not hired under the civil service, they were hired under a company.

“So, for them to be absorbed under JPJ, they have to qualify under the current civil servants’ regulations,” he said.

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