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Monday January 6, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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Productive Sunday: People paying bills and other transactions at the Johor Baru City Council office yesterday.
JOHOR BARU: Many, especially those in the private sector, flocked to government offices here on the first working Sunday for the state.
Technician Faizal Abdullah, when met at the Johor Baru Municipal Council office, said he was happy as he did not have to take a day off just to sort out payments and other issues with the council.
“Previously, I had to sacrifice an off day or several hours off just to sort out my payments but now it is easier as they are open on Sunday when I am off,” he said.
Faizal, however, said the change was affecting his family time as his four children aged, between 10 and 18, had classes to attend on Sunday.
“There are pros and cons to it,” he said.
Starting this year, the weekly off days for Johor were changed from Saturday and Sunday to Friday and Saturday following a decree made by the Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar.
Key account manager Tony Chong, 44, said he was happy as he could visit government offices on Sunday and not worry about taking leave.
“I do not have children so it is okay for me but I hope that banks can also follow suit as it would be easier if the weekly off days were standardised for all organisations,” he said.
For prison warden Ibrahim Daud, 57, nothing has changed much as he is part of the thousands of civil servants who work on Sunday.
“The off days for us are Friday and Saturday and we still have to take time off work to sort out any issues that we may have with government departments,” he said, adding that there was not much of a change in his weekly routine.
Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) public relations officer Aziz Ithnin said all government offices would be operating on Sunday like any other working day.
“For MBJB, all our counters and services will be made available to the public on Sunday.
“We are also monitoring the number of people visiting us on Sunday as we expect a spike, especially from those working in the private sector,” he said.
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