Source: Bernama News Agency (Alor Setar)
The chief Minister of the Malaysian State of Kedah, Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, has finally announced that he would honor its election promise of declaring Friday, January 17, 2014, as a non-working public holiday in the Malaysian State of Kedah on account of the upcoming Thaipusam celebration.
Last summer (15-Jul-2013), the State Religion, Indian and Siamese Community Affairs, Human Resources and Tourism Committee chairman of Malaysia's State of Kedah, Mohd Rawi Abd Hamid, had announced that, as promised, the declaration of a new state non-working public holiday for Thaipusam was to be discussed at the weekly meeting of the state executive council on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
Two years before that (20-Jan-2011), Malaysia's Prime Minister, Najib Tun Razak, had announced that he would ensure that Thaipusam became a public holiday in Kedah State, if his Barisan Nasional (BN) party were to win the upcoming state elections.
A few years ago (20-Jan-2008), Malaysia's Government declared Thaipusam as a new annual state public holiday in the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, from 2008 onward.
Currently only the states and federal territories of Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Penang and Selangor observe a public holiday for Thaipusam.
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