Source:Bernama News Agency (Kuching)
Posted: Sunday, October 27, 2019
The Chief Minister of Malaysia's State of Sarawak, Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg, has announced that Sarawak State would not follow the rest of Malaysia in observing Deepavali as a non-working public holiday ("the implementation of a public holiday for the Deepavali celebration could still not be done in Sarawak").
Apparently, the issue is that one of the current annual public holidays of Sarawak would need to be canceled to make room for Deepavali to be a public holiday in the Malaysian state of Sarawak ("I cannot fix a Deepavali public holiday for the time being because we have to look at the other public holidays in the state. We may have to find a public holiday date as a replacement for a Deepavali public holiday").
Seven years ago (2012-11-17), the then Chief Minister of Malaysia's State of Sarawak, Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, had similarly announced that Sarawak State would not follow the Federal Territory of Labuan which had recently added Deepavali as a non-working public holiday (2012-11-13), but then subsequently went ahead and added another annual non-working public holiday in Sarawak on July 22 (2016-02-13).
To this day, Sarawak is the last state/territory of Malaysia where Deepavali is not a non-working public holiday, as per last summer's (2019-07-08) Jadual Hari Kelepasan Am Persekutuan 2020 (Federal Public Holidays Schedule 2020).
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