Johor’s Weekend Rest Days to Shift?

Johor Menteri Besar is relooking at the rest days after public complaints. Find out when it would commence

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Johor Menteri Besar, Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi during his mandate presentation

Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi stated during his mandate presentation that the Johor government will reconsider the state’s current weekend rest days on Friday and Saturday.

He stated that this is in reaction to the public’s concern about the mismatch in a weekend off days between the government and the private sector.

“I am aware of the difficulties. The state government will review this matter so that parents and children can rest on the same day.

“I will announce a solution soon after finding a suitable approach to resolve this matter,” he said in his speech at the Persada International Convention Centre here.

Meanwhile, all Pakatan Harapan (PH) and Parti Ikatan Demokratik Malaysia (Muda) state assemblymen in Johor have expressed their support for the state government’s efforts in reviewing the current Friday and Saturday rest days. Liew Chin Tong, Perling assemblyman and the Johor State Legislative Assembly Opposition Leader, was reported to be hoping that the plan to shift the state’s weekend to Saturday and Sunday would resolve the different rest days for public and private sector employees.

Since the 1st of January 2014, the Johor government has observed Friday and Saturday as rest days, following a decree issued by state Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar in tandem with his 55th birthday celebration on the 23rd of November 2013.

According to reports, he stated that the move was made to make it easier for the Muslims in the state to attend the Friday prayers.

Previously, it was Saturday and Sunday, as is still the case in the private sector in Johor.