Malaysia's transport minister Anthony Loke assured some 800-odd employees of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), which is to be disbanded, that their jobs are safe as they will be redeployed to fill existing vacancies in the Road Transport Department (JPJ), Free Malaysia Today reports.

Minister Loke said: “JPJ currently has 8,000 staff with about 1,000 vacancies which have been frozen for the moment to allow SPAD staff to fill them.”

“So these SPAD workers do not have to worry about losing their jobs like what some people are saying,” he said after holding his first meeting with top JPJ officers,” he continued.

In an earlier report, former SPAD chairman Syed Hamid Albar expressed concern about the fate of the agency’s employees following the Cabinet’s decision to abolish it.

Previously, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced that SPAD was among several government agencies that would be disbanded, after chairing the first meeting of the Pakatan Harapan Cabinet.

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