Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad chaired his first cabinet meeting as the seventh prime minister of Malaysia today, and in the press conference after the session, announced a couple of changes with regards to government agencies. One that concerns transport is the disbanding of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD).

The Malay Mail reports that SPAD’s functions will return to the transport ministry. “SPAD will not be maintained, but the duties will be returned to transport ministry,” Mahathir said. When asked to elaborate on the announcement, the PM said this meant SPAD would be “abolished”.

The commission – which was under the the purview of the prime minister’s department – plans, regulates and enforces all matters relating to land public transport in Peninsular Malaysia, according to its website. It was founded in 2010.

Earlier, new transport minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook said that he will propose to the cabinet that SPAD be placed under his ministry to avoid the overlapping of tasks.

Expect other agencies to receive the chop from the new administration. “Most of these institutions are not actually part of the government, and are supposed to advise the government. All these (institutions) will be disbanded. We are studying which one we will have to scrap, which one we will continue, which one we will defer to a later date,” Mahathir said.