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The Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia, Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, has announced that the Government of Malaysia, in the person of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, had finally agreed to grant Friday, July 8, 2016, as a one-off bridge non-working public sector holiday in the Malaysian states where Friday is a regular working day.
Last week (2016-06-24), the same Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia, Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, had announced that the Government of Malaysia would consider declaring Friday, July 8, 2016, as a one-off bridge non-working public holiday in Malaysian states where Friday is a regular working day, to link the 2-day annual Hari Raya Aidilfitri (End of Ramadan) Malaysian public holidays of July 6 and 7, with the following weekend.
However, the aforementioned declaration of Friday, July 8, 2016, as a one-off (special) bridge non-working public sector holiday in the Malaysian states where Friday is a regular working day, would be limited to the public sector, and only in the event that "the upcoming first day of Raya is declared to be on July 6", which is expected to be the case, based on the annual official Federal Public Holidays Schedule 2016 and State Public Holiday Schedule 2016 as released jointly last autumn by Malaysia's Cabinet and the Constitution and Government Relations Department of the Prime Minister's Office (2015-10-19).
Traditionally, only 3 of Malaysia's states and territories observed a Friday/Saturday weekend; Kedah, Kelantan, and Terengganu. But these were joined by Johor, three years ago (2013-11-23).
In any event, the entire discussion above will be moot for Malaysia's State of Penang which, last month (2016-06-15), announced that Friday, July 8, 2016, would be a one-off non-working state public holiday in Penang, due to the coincidence of the annual Pengisytiharaan Tapak Warisan Dunia Pulau Pinang state public holiday and of the second day of the upcoming Malaysian public holidays for Hari Raya Puasa (End of Ramadan), on July 7, 2016.
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