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Isa Given One Week To Quit As SPAD Chairman

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PUTRAJAYA – Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chairman Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad has been given a week to resign honorably or be fired following the announcement on the dissolution of the commission.

“Embarassing anyone is not my way, so I am asking Isa to resign,” newly-appointed Transport Minister Anthony Loke told reporters after his ministry’s post-Cabinet meeting here today.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad after chairing the first Cabinet meeting of the new government today announced the dissolution of SPAD saying its role would be returned to the Ministry of Transport.

Commenting on the announcement, Loke explained that it was logical and should have been made earlier.

“As SPAD is subject to the SPAD Act, the act must be repealed in Parliament. Meanwhile, SPAD is answerable to the Transport Ministry,” he said.

He said the talks would be held tomorrow with SPAD’s management to see how SPAD would be integrated into the Ministry of Transport in terms of mechanisms, officers and restructuring.

Loke also urged the chairmen and all political appointees at the port authorities, namely, Port Klang Authority, Penang Port Commission and Johor Port Authority to also resign.

“They know who they are, there is no need for me to name them one by one. It is not my approach to embarrass people,” he said. – BERNAMA

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