Source:Bernama News Agency (Alor Setar)
Posted: Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Most recent follow-up news item: January 21, 2021
The chief Minister of the Malaysian State of Kedah, Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, has announced that he would once again declare a non-working public holiday ("occasional state holiday") in the Malaysian State of Kedah, on Sunday, January 24, 2016, on account of the upcoming Thaipusam annual federal and public of Malaysia.
Almost a decade ago (2008-01-20), Malaysia's Government had 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, on a regular annual basis (2014-08-11 and 2013-07-13).
Four years ago (2011-01-20), 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, and the year after (2013-07-15), the declaration of a new state non-working public holiday for Thaipusam was discussed at the weekly meeting of the state executive council on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
The following year (2014-01-13), the chief Minister of the Malaysian State of Kedah, Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, declared Friday, January 17, 2014, as a non-working public holiday in the Malaysian State of Kedah on account of the 2014 Thaipusam celebration in Malaysia, and last year (2015-01-14), Kedah chief Minister, Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, once again declared a non-working public holiday in the Malaysian State of Kedah, on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, on account of the 2015 Thaipusam annual public and federal holiday in Malaysia.
The moniker "occasional state holiday", used by the chief Minister of the Malaysian State of Kedah, Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, in today's announcement, seems to indicate that the non-working public holiday in the Malaysian State of Kedah, on Sunday, January 24, 2016, will be limited to the public sector ("we hope the private sector will also observe January 24 as a public holiday in the state").
Note that Sundays are regular working days, in the Malaysian states of Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu, and, most recently, Johor (2013-11-23). Today's announcement thus amends the annual official Federal Public Holidays Schedule 2016 and State Public Holiday Schedule 2016, released by Malaysia's Cabinet's and the Constitution and Government Relations Department of the Prime Minister's Office, last autumn (2015-10-19), much later than usual (2014-08-11 and 2013-07-13).
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