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The Chief Secretary to the government of Malaysia, Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan, has announced that the Malaysian government had decided to decide to declare an additional one-off public holiday in September 2011 to compensate the fact that the upcoming Aidilfitri (End of Ramadan) public holiday falls on the same date as the annual National Day public holiday.
When the 2011 Malaysian public holidays were officially gazetted (2010-07-20), we did point out that the issue had not been dealt with and that this would eventually resurface, as the aforementioned announcement indicates.
Secretary Mohd Sidek went on to say that the additional public holiday for peninsular Malaysia and the Federal Territory of Labuan was gazetted under section 8 of the Holidays Act 1951, while the state governments of Sabah and Sarawak are in the process of gazetting the additional public holiday under section 9 of the Holidays Ordinance of Sabah and section 5 of the Public Holidays Ordinance of Sarawak, respectively.
In his statement, the Chief Secretary does point out that the date of the aforementioned additional public holiday could be either on Thursday, September 1, 2011, or Friday, September 2, 2011, depending on the date of the End of Ramadan finally settled upon by Malaysia's Conference of Rulers.
But, in practice, we expect the Islamic calendar for 2011 (corresponding to 1432-1433 AH), published (2010-05-08) by Malaysia's governmental Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia, aka. JAKIM) to hold, meaning that the announced additional public holiday to compensate the fact that the upcoming Aidilfitri public holiday falls on the same date as Malaysia's National Day public holiday would be on Thursday, September 1, 2011.
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