Source:Bernama News Agency (Alor Setar)
Posted: Monday, May 7, 2018
Most recent follow-up news item: January 21, 2021
The caretaker Menteri Besar of the Malaysian State of Kedah, Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah, who is also the BN Chairman for Kedah, has announced that Thaipusam would be made an annual non-working public holiday in Kedah if the BN party retains the state with a two-thirds majority in the 14th general election on May 9.
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, and, 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).
In the state of Kedah, although not an annual public holiday, Thaipusam was on occasion declared a non-working public holiday, or "occasional state holiday" (2016-01-06, 2015-01-14 and 2014-01-13).
Almost a decade ago (2011-01-20), under similar circumstances, 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.
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