Transport minister Anthony Loke said that his ministry is still figuring out how to integrate the functions of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), according to The Star. The abolishment of the agency was first announced by prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad after his first cabinet meeting two weeks ago.

Loke said that despite the impending disbandment, all of the areas under the purview of SPAD, such as licensing, studies and enforcement, will continue as usual. He also mentioned that he has visited both the Road Transport Department (JPJ) and the Road Safety Department (JKJR) over the past week to discuss and exchange ideas that can be adopted.

“The commission has 997 staff as of now. From the total, 372 are enforcement officers,” he told reporters on Friday, adding that all those officers will be moved directly to JPJ. “For the other units such as SPAD’s planning and policy unit, we are still studying our options on how to absorb them into the transport ministry.”

Any further move to repeal or amend the Land Public Transport Act 2010, Loke said, will be brought up during the upcoming parliament meeting “We have yet to make a final decision, but in principle it will be under the purview of the Transport Ministry,” he noted.

Separately, Loke said that ministry is also studying the implementation of a monthly RM100 unlimited pass for public transport usage in the Klang Valley – part of the winning Pakatan Harapan coalition’s manifesto for the 14th general election. “A mechanism to implement it has been proposed to me, but there will be a huge financial implication to the government. I will first have to bring it to the Cabinet for approval,” he said.

Additionally, SPAD has also been given a month to prepare a comprehensive report regarding the direction of taxi and ride-hailing services in the country and how to improve them. “I expect it to be ready in July and we will make the necessary announcement to improve these sectors,” Loke said.

Lastly, Loke said that the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System will proceed, but the government has asked for extension before the joint-venture agreement can be signed. The postponement will allow the feasibility study to be conducted and presented to the cabinet first, he added.