Malaysia Bank Holidays 2021


 
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A preview of the Malaysia bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for 2021, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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Malaysia Bank Holidays in 2021 Observance*
Jan.    Fri New Year's Day (except JHR KDH KTN PLS TRG)
        Thu State Public Holiday (NSN) Regional
        Thu Thaipusam (JHR KUL NSN PJY PNG PRK SGR) Regional
Feb.    Mon Federal Territory Day (KUL LBN PJY) Regional
        Fri Chinese New Year
        Sat Chinese New Year, Day 2
        Sun Chinese New Year Holiday (JHR) Regional
        Mon State Bank Holiday (JHR) Reg+Bnk
Mar.    Thu State Public Holiday (TRG) Regional
        Thu Israk dan Mikraj (KDH NSN PLS) Regional
        Tue State Public Holiday (JHR) Regional
Apr.    Fri Good Friday (SBH SRW) Regional
        Tue Awal Ramadan (JHR KDH MLK) Regional
        Thu State Public Holiday (MLK) Regional
        Mon State Public Holiday (TRG) Regional
        Thu Nuzul Quran (KTN KUL LBN PHG PJY PLS PNG PRK SGR TRG) Regional
May     Sat Labour Day
        Sun Labour Day Holiday (JHR KDH KTN TRG) Regional
        Fri State Public Holiday (PHG) Regional
        Thu Hari Raya Puasa (End of Ramadan)
        Fri Hari Raya Puasa Holiday
        Wed Wesak (Buddha Day)
        Sun State Public Holiday (LBN SBH) Regional
        Mon State Public Holiday (LBN SBH) Regional
June    Tue State Public Holiday (SRW) Regional
        Wed State Public Holiday (SRW) Regional
July    Wed George Town UNESCO World Heritage Day (PNG) Regional
        Sat State Public Holiday (PNG) Regional
        Sat State Public Holiday (PLS) Regional
        Tue Hari Raya Qurban (Feast of Sacrifice)
        Wed Hari Raya Qurban, Day 2 (KDH KTN PLS TRG) Regional
        Thu State Public Holiday (SRW) Regional
Aug.    Tue Awal Muharram (Islamic New Year)
        Tue National Day (Hari Kebangsaan)
Sep.    Thu Birthday of SPB Yang di-Pertuan Agong
        Mon State Public Holiday (JHR) Regional
        Thu Malaysia Day
Oct.    Sat State Public Holiday (SBH) Regional
        Fri State Public Holiday (MLK) (may move to a nearby Saturday) Regional
        Sat State Public Holiday (SRW) Regional
        Tue Maulidur Rasul (The Prophet's Birthday)
        Sun State Public Holiday (PHG) Regional
Nov.    Thu Deepavali (Festival of Lights) (except SRW)
        Fri State Public Holiday (PRK) Regional
        Thu State Public Holiday (KTN) Regional
        Fri State Public Holiday (KTN) Regional
Dec.    Sat State Public Holiday (SGR) Regional
        Sat Christmas Day
        Sun Christmas Holiday (except JHR KDH KTN TRG) Regional
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

10 May 2018 Malaysia Declares Public Holidays May 17-18 (Bernama News Agency-Kuching) The Chief Minister's Office of the government of Malaysia's State of Sarawak has announced that Sarawak would observe post-election public holidays next Thursday and Friday, May 17 and 18, 2018, instead of May 10 and 11, 2018, as announced yesterday by the Malaysian Federal Government.  09 May 2018 Malaysia Declares May 10-11 Public Holidays (Bernama News Agency-Kuala Lumpur) The Chief Secretary to the newly elected Malaysian Government, Tan Sri Ali Hamsa, has announced that Thursday and Friday, May 10-11, 2018, would be non-working public holidays in Malaysia (for states whose weekends fall on Friday and Saturday, the additional public holiday will fall on Sunday May 13).  08 May 2018 Malaysia Could Add May 14-15 Public Holidays (Bernama News Agency-Kuala Lumpur) The caretaker prime minister of Malaysia, Najib Abdul Razak, has announced that Monday and Tuesday, May 14-15, 2018, would be declared as one-off non-working public holidays in Malaysia, should the BN (Barisan Nasional) party win tomorrow's general election.  07 May 2018 Malaysia Kedah Thaipusam Public Holiday Update (Bernama News Agency-Alor Setar) The caretaker Menteri Besar of the Malaysian State of Kedah, Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah, who is also the BN Chairman for Kedah, has announced that Thaipusam would be made an annual non-working public holiday in Kedah if the BN party retains the state with a two-thirds majority in the 14th general election on May 9.  12 Apr 2018 Malaysia Could Add May 10-11 Public Holidays (Bernama News Agency-Kuala Lumpur) Malaysia's Perak Pakatan Harapan coalition has announced that it would declare Thursday and Friday, May 10-11, 2018, as non-working public holidays in Malaysia, if they win the upcoming, May 9, general elections.  11 Apr 2018 Malaysian Public Holiday May 9 (Bernama News Agency-Kuala Lumpur) Bowing to public pressure, Malaysia's Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, has announced that the government of Malaysia had decided to declare Wednesday, May 9, 2018, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Malaysia on account of the upcoming general elections.  12 Jan 2018 Malaysia Amends 2018 Perlis Public Holidays (Bernama News Agency-Kangar) The Chief Ministerís Office of Malaysia's state of Perlis has announced that the state government of Perlis had decided to move the date of the annual public holiday in Malaysia's state of Perlis for the Birthday of the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Perlis from May 17 to July 17, 2018.  09 Jan 2018 Malaysian 2019 Islamic Public Holidays Announced (Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia-Jakim) Malaysia's governmental Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia, aka. JAKIM) has published its annual Islamic calendar of public holidays in Malaysia for the western year 2019 (corresponding to 1440-1441 AH).  01 Dec 2017 Malaysia Amends 2018 Sarawak Public Holidays (Bernama News Agency-Kuching) A press statement released by the Chief Ministerís Office of Malaysia's state of Sarawak has announced that the state government of Sarawak had decided to move the date of the annual public holiday in Malaysia's state of Sarawak for the Birthday of the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak.  15 Nov 2017 Malaysia Amends 2018 Kedah Public Holidays (Bernama News Agency-Alor Setar) The Government of the Malaysian state of Kedah has announced that the upcoming January 21, state public holiday for the Birthday of the Sultan of Kedah, had been canceled and that no replacement date had been decided upon yet.  29 Apr 2017 Malaysian Agong Public Holiday Moved (Bernama News Agency-Petaling Jaya) Malaysian Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia, Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan, had announced that, following the installation of Sultan Muhammad V as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, for the next 5 years, the annual non-working public holiday of Malaysia celebrating the birthday of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, would be moved from its traditional date in June to a new date in July.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Malaysia public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.


Background Information

Governing Law: Official public holidays in Malaysia are regulated by Section 8 of the Holidays Act 1951, and Sections 59 and 60-D of the Employment Act 1955.  Malaysia's States and Federal Territories: There are 13 states (11 in the Malaysian Peninsula and 2 on the Island of Borneo) and 3 Federal Territories (denoted by W.P.). Their abbreviations are: JHR: Johor, KDH: Kedah, KTN: Kelantan, KUL: Kuala Lumpur, LBN: Labuan, MLK: Melaka, NSN: Negeri Sembilan, PHG: Pahang, PNG: Pulau Pinang (Penang), PRK: Perak, PLS: Perlis, PJY: Putrajaya, SGR: Selangor, TRG: Terengganu, SBH: Sabah, SRW: Sarawak.  Week-end Public Holidays: When a public holiday falls on a weekly day of rest (Fridays or Sundays as the case may be), the following day will be substituted as a Public Holiday; and if such following day is also a Public Holiday, then the next day following shall also be a Public Holiday. Government offices work on a five-day week (8.30am - 5.30pm) while banks are also closed on the 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month (except Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu).  Weekends:: Saturday and Sunday in all Malaysian States except Johor*, Kedah, Kelantan, and Terengganu (*beginning in 2014).  New Year's Day is not a holiday in Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis & Terengganu.  Hari Raya Qurban is celebrated for a 2nd day in Kelantan & Terengganu.  Officially, Chinese New Year is not celebrated for for a 2nd day in Kelantan and Terengganu. However, for the last few years, the second day of the Chinese lunar new year has been declared a public holiday at the State level in Kelantan and Terengganu, making the second day of the Chinese lunar new year a de facto nationwide public holiday.  Merdeka The August 31 public holiday is often, erroneously, called, Hari Merdeka. But the day of independence only occurred once, on August 31, 1957. Its annual anniversariesare Hari Ulangtahun Kemerdekaan. But the preferred official term, since the formation of Malaysia in 1963 and especially after 1970, was chosen by Malaysia's first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, as Hari Kebangsaan (National Day).  Deepavali is not a holiday in Sarawak & Federal Territory of Labuan.  Federal Territories Day is a public holiday in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan.  Thaipusam is a public holiday in Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Johor, Penang and Perak, and it falls annually on the full-moon day in the Tamil month of Thai.  Gawai Day or Gawai Dayak is a festive day celebrated in Sarawak on June 1st every year. Gawai Dayak was formally gazetted on 25th September 1964 as a public holiday in place of Sarawak Day. It was first celebrated on 1st June 1965. .  Malaysia International Codes MY and MYS (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .my (ICANN national top-level internet domain). ē Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Malaysia information and news: Central Bank of Malaysia (Malaysia central bank), UnitedHealthcare Global (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Malaysia maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Malaysia), and Wikipedia (includes Malaysia commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Footnotes
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Observance : Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in Malaysia, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. Note that religious holidays are included only if they are national public holidays, or if the national labour code has specific holiday allowances for employees of specific religions. Aft=Afternoon, Arm=Armenian, Bah=Bahai, Bnk=Banks and most financial institutions, Bud=Buddhist, Cat=Catholic, Chr=Christian, Cop=Coptic, Eve=Evening, Gov=Government services and civil servants, Hin=Hindu, Jew=Jewish, Lin=Linguistic or ethnic groups, Mor=Morning, Mun=Municipal, Mus=Muslim, Orth=Orthodox, Othr=Miscellaneous partial observances (usually described in the Additional Information section of this page), Prt=Protestant, Reg=Regional, Rel=Other Religion, Sch=Schools and universities, Sik=Sikh.

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Religious Holidays : Public holidays in Malaysia that are based on certain religious calendars may be subject to local variations due to differing interpretations between different religious authorities, or to seemingly arbitrary changes in the date a holiday is celebrated because it conflicts with another holiday that is based on another calendar, or because the day of the holiday is deemed inauspicious (bad luck). To find out more about these uncertainties, see the footnote below, if any, for each specific religion.

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Muslim Holidays : Muslim bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays, for Malaysia, were calculated using the JAKIM (Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia) lunar visibility criteria. For Salat (prayer times) calculations, see our Freeware page.

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Hindu Calendar Public Holidays : For Malaysia, when calculating the date of bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays based on the Hindu Lunar calendar, if the date is expunged (ie. does not occur), then we use the following existing date of the Hindu Lunar calendar. Local practice concerning expunged days may vary regionally as described in many sources, including the 1998 book The Indian Calendric System by G.K. Chatterjee.


Disclaimer
In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2021 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Malaysia, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Malaysia, before planning any trip to Malaysia. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.


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