The transport ministry says that all 800 or so Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) personnel will be transferred to the Road Transport Department (JPJ) following the decision by the government to disband the commission, The Star reports.

Transport minister Anthony Loke assured SPAD staff that they will not be dismissed from service. “We have 1,000 vacant positions in JPJ which were frozen for new intakes, and we have decided to take in all the SPAD staff to fill these spots. Any overlapping will be reviewed and decided on later,” he told reporters.

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.

With the shutting down of SPAD, its functions will now return under the purview of the transport ministry.