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Malaysia Amends 2022 Islamic Public Holidays

Source: Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (Jakim)
Posted: Monday, May 16, 2022

Malaysia's governmental Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia, aka. JAKIM) has published a revised version of its Islamic calendar of public holidays for the year 2022.

The annual Islamic calendar of 2022 Malaysian public holidays (corresponding to 1443-1444 AH) was announced by JAKIM, a year ago (2021-07-19), but it was recently amended by changing the date of the 2022 End of Ramadan public holiday from May 3rd (2021-07-19 and 2021-06-15), to May 2 (2022-05-01).

Last autumn, Singapore's Ministry of Manpower released an amended list of non-working Singapore public holidays and bank holidays in the calendar year 2022 (2021-04-06), following the decision by MUIS to move the 2 Muslim public holidays of Singapore in the calendar year 2022 (2021-10-22, 2021-10-21 and 2020-01-13).

At that time, MUIS had stated that In its communique that "The highest Islamic authorities of Brunei Darussalam, Republic of Indonesia, Malaysia and Republic of Singapore have agreed to adopt revised criteria of the astronomical calculation for the determination of the Islamic calendar from year 2022 onwards. The agreement was reached among member countries after new findings emerged over years of research." with the final aim being that "With this agreement, important dates in the Islamic calendar, such as the start of the Muslim new year, the fasting month and the Haj may be aligned in the region.".

And, indeed, earlier this year, the Indonesian Ministry of Religion (Kemenag) announced that effective in 2022, it would use new criteria for determining the hilal at the beginning of the Hijri month, based on the aforementioned agreement between the Ministers of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore (2022-02-23).

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