PUTRAJAYA: All 961 former staff of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) have been compensated a minimum of three months' wages, says Transport Minister Anthony Loke.
He said the government agreed to set aside RM23mil for the compensation, which was fully paid out by Dec 31.
“The ministry worked hard to ensure the staff of SPAD are compensated. I fought hard in the Cabinet meeting so that all staff, across the board, would get compensation.
“We promised that every SPAD staff would get a compensation based on their years of service, with a minimum of three months' wages if you have served less than three years,” said Loke at a press conference.
He added that all staff would be offered a job, either at the Land Public Transport Agency (APAD), which replaced SPAD effective Jan 1, and other ministry agencies such as the Road Transport Department (JPJ).
“With the restructuring, APAD only has over 300 job vacancies. JPJ also has over 300 jobs on offer.
“Once all these places are filled, we will still help them to get jobs at government-linked companies like Khazanah.
“Everyone affected by the SPAD restructuring will be offered a job – that was our assurance. At the moment, only 20% to 30% have not received offers, but we are working hard to get this sorted out within this month.
“We acknowledge that there is weakness, but some of it is due to a delay at the Public Service Commission level,” said Loke.
According to him, claims by former SPAD staff that the ministry had gone back on their promise to provide them jobs was not fair.
“They are not telling the full story, which is unfair,” said Loke.
Prior to the press conference, Loke witnessed the signing of two agreements.
The first one was between MASWings and the government for the airline to provide 39 Rural Air Services (RAS) routes in Sabah and Sarawak.
The other one was for AirAsia to operate the former RAS routes of Kota Kinabalu-Sibu and Kota Kinabalu-Bintulu, which were recently reclassified as commercial routes.