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The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) has issued a statement confirming last January's change to the 2017 date of the Awal Muharram (Islamic New Year) in both the JAKIM religious holiday and the 2017 Federal holidays calendar of non-working public holidays in Malaysia.
Earlier this year (2017-07-13), Malaysia's Cabinet's and the Constitution and Government Relations Department of the Prime Minister's Office had announced that, in response to a change to the upcoming Islamic New Year 1439, decided by the Islamic Development Department, it had decided to also change the date of the upcoming Islamic New Year 1439 official non-working public holiday in Malaysia ("the 2017 federal holiday calendar has been amended accordingly").
These aforementioned changes to the "Jadual Hari Kelepasan Am Persekutuan 2016" (Federal Public Holidays Schedule 2017), released last summer (2016-07-22), were in response to the earlier announcement (2017-01-16) by Malaysia's governmental Department of Islamic Development (Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia, aka. JAKIM) that it has revised its previously-announced Islamic calendar for the western year 2017 (corresponding to 1438-1439 AH), by shifting the date of the upcoming Islamic New Year 1439 from September 21 to September 22, 2017.
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