Allow Chinese civil servants who observe Thaipusam to go on unrecorded leave as well, says Kota Laksamana rep


MELAKA: Unrecorded leave for Thaipusam on Jan 28 must also be extended to some civil servants from the Chinese community, says a Melaka lawmaker.

Kota Laksamana assemblyman Low Chee Leong said there were a significant number of devotees among the ethnic Chinese who would fulfil obligations during Thaipusam.

"Hopefully, state government-linked companies and agencies will grant leave to them on Jan 28.

"Those employed in the private sector should also be considered," he said Friday (Jan 22).

Low thanked Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali for continuing to allow unrecorded leave for civil servants on Thaipusam despite the ongoing movement control order.

However, Low said many department heads in government and the corporate sector were unaware that Thaipusam was also considered an important religious rite for some ethnic Chinese in the state.

"I am sure the Chief Minister, as a grassroots leader, is aware of Melaka's unique religious diversity and he will inform the department heads on the existence of Chinese devotees," he added.

Thaipusam is not a public holiday in Melaka but the state government allows civil servants who observe the religious festival to go on unrecorded leave.

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