Civil servants may get extra holiday on third day of Hari Raya

THURSDAY, JULY 14 KUALA LUMPUR- Chief Secretary to the Government Dr Ali Hamsa launches National Blue Ocean Strategy (BOS) International Week at Level 1, East Wing, Perdana Putra building, Putrajaya at 1600 (0800 GMT)

PUTRAJAYA: The Government will consider giving civil servants an extra day off on the third day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri this year, which is expected to fall on July 8.  

Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa (pix) said July 8, which is a Friday, may be declared a cuti peristiwa (occasional holiday) for civil servants in conjunction with the festivities.  

“It is a bit rare as it has not happened before where Hari Raya falls on Wednesday and Thursday, and the day after is a working day, and then you have the weekend.

“The Government will consider this and I will bring it up. But it is not confirmed yet,” said Dr Ali at a Ramadan get-together with Cuepacs here on Friday.  

He was responding to a proposal made by Cuepacs president Datuk Azih Muda.  

If the occasional holiday is approved, it will only apply to states where Friday is a working day.  

Hari Raya is expected to fall on July 6 and July 7 this year, which is a Wednesday and Thursday.  

In the past, states in Malaysia have declared occasional holidays for unique occasions, including winning sports competitions.  

Johor declared May 15 a state holiday in conjunction with Johor Darul Ta’zim’s success in the Malaysian FA Cup.


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