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Indonesia Will Amend 2021 Public Holidays

Source: Situs Resmi Kementerian Koordinator Bidang Kesejahteraan Rakyat (Jakarta)
Posted: Thursday, February 18, 2021
Most recent follow-up news item: August 4, 2021


Indonesia's Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture, Muhadjir Effendy, has confirmed, in a letter dated last night, that the Indonesian government would re-evaluate the list of national public holidays and joint leave days ("God willing, we will evaluate next week, it is likely that we will reduce leave days").

The aforementioned letter of Minister Muhadjir follows the announcement that the Indonesian government might yet review and re-evaluate national public holidays and joint leave throughout 2021, in line with the development of the Covid-19 pandemic in Indonesia, made by Indonesia's Minister of State Apparatus Empowerment and Bureaucratic Reform, Tjahjo Kumolo, earlier this week (2021-02-15).

Minister Muhadjir's letter did not specify by how many days the joint leave schedule would be reduced, but did specify that the government would hold a joint holiday and leave evaluation meeting in 2021 with related ministries and agencies "to ensure a reduction in collective leave".

The letter justifies the almost certain upcoming decision to reduce the number of 2021 public holidays as "There is a tendency (Covid-19 cases to increase). So every time there is a long holiday. There is an increase in cases, although it is not a single variable.".

The list of 2021 public holidays and collective leave days in Indonesia, for both the private and public sectors, currently stands as announced in the Joint Decree (SKB) on National Holidays and Joint Leave in 2021, signed by the Minister of Religion, the Minister of Manpower and the MenPAN, late last summer (2020-09-11).

Recall that the initially-released list of 2020 public holidays in Indonesia (2019-08-27) was modified multiple times (2020-12-01, 2020-11-24, 2020-11-23, 2020-10-19, 2020-05-20, 2020-05-21, 2020-04-09 and 2020-03-09).



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