Taxi association criticises Transport Ministry for retaining SPAD officers

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Taxi Drivers' Transformation Association (PERS1M) has criticised the Transport Ministry's decision to retain the positions of those previously working in the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD).  

"The decision by Transport Minister Anthony Loke to retain their positions in the Planning Unit and the Land Public Transport Development sector is a slap in the face," said association deputy president Kamarudin Mohd Hussain.  

In a statement on Thursday (June 7), Kamarudin said the association's members have lost their trust in those working for SPAD.  

"The decision to retain them in their original positions give us the impression that the Barisan Nasional-era governance history would repeat itself and our welfare would not be defended," said Kamarudin.  

He said he understood the difference between the Land Transport Agency (APAD) and SPAD, but added that it was still an unacceptable decision.  

Kamarudin, however, added that the association could understand the decision of the Transport Ministry to absorb them because that would give them jobs.  

He also called for the Ministry to solve the ride-hailing issues involving Grab, which he claims goes against existing laws.  

"We also hope that the Ministry does not make decisions on its own without holding discussions with industry players like us," said Kamarudin.

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