Hindu civil servants given an additional day off

PETALING JAYA: The government has given Hindu civil servants the option to take one day's unrecorded leave on Wednesday (Nov 7), the day after Deepavali.

This will be an additional holiday to the Deepavali public holiday on Tuesday (Nov 6).

Public Service Department director-general Datuk Seri Borhan Dolah said in a circular dated Nov 5 that the option to take unrecorded leave would take effect from 2018.

The holiday is given with the aim to give civil servants more room to celebrate the festival with their family members.

He said that this is applicable for all officers in civil service, officers at statutory bodies (both federal and state) and officers working for the local authorities, though its enforcement is subject to each authority's decision.