Loke to propose SPAD be placed under Transport Ministry

Loke to propose SPAD be placed under Transport Ministry


PUTRAJAYA,.  Transport Minister Anthony Loke will propose to the Cabinet that the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) be placed under his ministry to avoid overlapping of tasks.

SPAD is currently under the purview of the Prime Minister’s Department.

Loke, who reported for duty on his first day as the new Transport Minister today,  said that he is also determined to change the negative perception of the public towards the Road Transport Department (RTD) which had been associated with the practice of ‘lesen kopi’ (getting driver’s licence corruptly).

The effort would be made by inculcating a culture of high integrity, he said when addressing staff of the ministry here.

“When it comes to integrity, I want to make sure that all staff of the ministry will express it through action to ensure its effectiveness. I want the negative perception to be eliminated in government agencies, especially the RTD.

Loke said practicing a culture of integrity as well as giving full commitment would lead RTD and the ministry as whole towards excellence.

“As  a new minister, I’m open minded (and) I will learn, I also need the support of civil servants…many things need to implemented,” he said.

He also reminded the ministry staff to always give priority to serving the people rather than giving special treatment to him as a minister.

“No need to treat me like a minister because I work for the people,” he said.

Earlier, Loke, who clocked in at 8.20 am, held a closed meeting with senior ministry officials.

— Reuters