C - Political Reform C02. Prime Minister's Department

C02-06: Reduce the number of agencies from Prime Minister's Department by moving them to the relevant Ministries

In progress
Jul 2018

Massive overhaul in PM's Dept with MACC, EC among agencies placed under Parliament

The Star July 01, 2018

PETALING JAYA: A total of nine government agencies will operate as independent entities beginning Sunday (July1), and will report directly to Parliament. Among the agencies are the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), the Election Commission (EC), the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam), the Public Prosecutor's Office and the National Audit Department. This is just part of the massive overhaul of the Prime Minister's Department. The Public Service Commission, Education Service Commission and the Judicial Appointments Commission will also report directly to Parliament, which will be an independent entity. In a June 26 letter addressed to the Prime Minister's Department sighted by The Star, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa approved the abolition of 10 departments and agencies including 19 other smaller divisions or offices under the Prime Minister's Office. It also includes the merging of five agencies and the redesignation of 40 agencies. The country's special envoy on Infrastructure to India and South Asia Tun S. Samy Vellu will have his services terminated after his contract expires at the end of the year. The special envoy post is with ministerial rank. The office, including that of the Special Envoy to China, will also be abolished. Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting had relinquished his post as the special envoy in January. Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim, who was the Socio-Cultural Advisor to the Government, also had his services ended on Saturday (June 30), along with the expiry of his contract. As expected, the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) has been abolished and its functions absorbed by the Transport Ministry. Others abolished included the National Professors Council, the National Innovation Agency, the Special Implementation Task Force, Civil Service Delivery Unit (CSDU) and the 2050 National Transformation (TN50) secretariat. Meanwhile, the Attorney General's Chambers is still under the Prime Minister's Department but its prosecuting functions have been placed under the Public Prosecutor's Office. The Legal Aid Department and Insolvency Department will also be merged with the Law and Judiciary Ministry.


Jun 2018

From SPAD to APAD: New agency formed under Transport Ministry

New Straits Times June 06, 2018

PUTRAJAYA: A new agency has been created under the Transport Ministry to plan the development of the land public transport sector in the country. Called the Land Public Transport Agency (APAD), it will take over most of the functions of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) which was recently decommissioned. Transport Minister Anthony Loke said APAD would be a full-fledged department under the ministry, headed by a director-general. He said it would be tasked with planning the development of the country’s land public transport system, including mass rail transit (MRT), light rail transit (LRT), rail transportation and bus systems. Loke said the organisational structure of APAD would be discussed with the Public Service Department soon. “Prior to this, SPAD had been tasked with developing the land public transport system, and this will continue under APAD. What was being done by SPAD will be absorbed into APAD.” Loke said the enforcement, management and issuance of private and commercial licences would be handled solely by the Road Transport Department (RTD). “Applying for and paying for licences will be via RTD counters. So after this we will reorganise things... no more separate counters,” he told reporters. Loke said with the reorganisation, several laws needed to be amended or repealed altogether. “The SPAD Act 2010 will be repealed and the Land Public Transport Act 2010 will be amended to empower the ministry, APAD and RTD. The Road Transport Act 1987 will also have to be amended to empower RTD further,” he said. On the reorganisation of SPAD into APAD, he said the details were being seen to by four sub-committees within the ministry, all of which were under the purview of secretary-general Datuk Seri Saripuddin Kasim.