Johor Ruler to review data on weekend rest days


Over to you: Onn Hafiz (right) presenting the state’s findings on the matter to Sultan Ibrahim.

JOHOR BARU: The findings on changing the weekend rest days have been presented to Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, says Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi.

“God willing, Sultan Ibrahim will make the best consideration for Bangsa Johor,” the Mentri Besar said in a Facebook post yesterday.

Following a meeting with relevant stakeholders last Thursday, Onn Hafiz said the state government would soon decide whether it would revamp its weekend rest days, currently being Fridays and Saturdays.

The Mentri Besar added that he had chaired the third state government meeting, which discussed the reorganisation of weekend rest days.

“The result of these findings and discussions will be presented to the state Ruler for his views and consent,” he said.

Onn Hafiz said among those who attended the meeting were representatives from various sectors: the government, public, education, and industry – including banking and the Malaysian Employers Federation.

He said one of the main concerns was the difference in rest days between parents and their children, posing challenges for them to spend time together.

Onn Hafiz also said the decision would involve 576,691 students and more than 1.7 million workers in Johor, with the majority of them, or 93%, in the private sector.

“Whatever is decided, the level of digitisation will continue to be intensified.

“A state that can operate digitally will make things easier for the people and the economy, regardless of rest days.

“This digital improvement can already contribute to the well- being of the people without the need to go to a physical counter,” he said.

In June, while giving his maiden mandate to government staff and non-governmental organisations, Onn Hafiz said the state would be reviewing the weekend rest days.

In 2013, Sultan Ibrahim declared the change of the state’s rest days to Friday and Saturday instead of Saturday and Sunday. The move started on Jan 1, 2014.

Kedah, Kelantan, and Terengganu also observe Friday and Saturday as their rest days.

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