Malaysia Mulls Hari Raya Aidilfitri Public Holidays Postponement
Source:Laman Web Rasmi Bahagian Kabinet Jabatan Perdana Menteri (Kuala Lumpur)
Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Malaysia's Senior Minister, Ismail Sabri Yaakob, has announced that the government of Malaysia would be looking into the postponement of the upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri public holidays observed at the end of the month of Ramadan in Malaysia, to address the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In the aforementioned statement, Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob added that the Malaysian government would be getting views from the Islamic Affairs Minister.
Though the outcome of that consultation are not in, yet, Penang Mufti, Wan Salim Wan Mohd Noor, is quoted as stating that the government could consider delaying the Hari Raya holidays ("With reasonable excuse, the Hari Raya holidays can be postponed for the sake of preventing people from gathering at one place. It is permissible (harus) in Islam and the government has the right to do so.").
Ealier this month (2020-04-09), neighboring Indonesia announced that the upcoming Idul Fitri (End of Ramadan) joint leave holidays, currently scheduled for May 26-29, had been moved to December 28-31, 2020 ("That's right, December 28-31 December 2020") in Indonesia, a week after Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, has announced that he might do so (2020-04-02).
As per the annual official Federal Public Holidays Schedule 2020 and State Public Holiday Schedule 2020, containing the list of official national non-working public holidays in Malaysia for the calendar year 2020 as well as the state-specific regional non-working public holidays in Malaysia for the calendar year 2020, as released by Malaysia's Cabinet's and the Constitution and Government Relations Department of the Prime Minister's Office, jointly last summer (2019-07-08), the upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri public holidays in Malaysia would be observed on May 24-26, 2020, except in the Malaysia states that observe a Friday/Saturday weekend (Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu) where the upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri public holidays would have been observed on May 24-25, 2020.
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