Sources: Johor could return to rest days of Saturday and Sunday, with Friday as a half day

A general view of Jalan Tun Razak in Johor Baru. The Johor state government may introduce an official two-and-a-half-day weekend, with Friday as the half day, followed by Saturday and Sunday as the weekend rest days, according to multiple sources. — Photo by Ben Tan

By Ben Tan

Monday, June 20, 2022 5:25 PM MYT

JOHOR BARU, 20 June – The Johor State Government may introduce an official two and a half day weekend, with Friday as the half day, followed by Saturday and Sunday as rest days on the weekend. end, according to several senior sources. .

A source said malaysian mail that the proposed two-and-a-half-day weekend will allow Muslims to prepare for Friday prayers.

“Under the proposal, the state government will end its Friday working day at noon and civil servants will not be required to return to the office after Friday prayers.

“Saturday and Sunday will be considered official rest days and the start of the working week will be the following Monday.

“From Monday to Thursday, there may possibly be an extra hour of work from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to make up for the half-day on Friday. Currently, official working hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.,” the source told AFP on condition of anonymity. malaysian mail because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

The source was responding to a question about Johor’s possible return to Saturday and Sunday rest days.

The government of Johor observes Friday and Saturday as days of rest since January 1, 2014, following a decree by Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar on the occasion of his 55th birthday celebration on November 23, 2013.

The state monarch reportedly said the change was aimed at making it easier for Muslims in the state to attend Friday prayers.

Another source, who is privy to the information about the proposed revised rest days for Johor, confirmed that the state government is potentially considering implementing a two-and-a-half-day weekend with a time limit. four and a half days. week of work.

“The arrangement appears to be on the verge of being implemented and it was communicated to the Ruler of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, before he left for his trip on June 18,” he said.

The same source pointed out that the implementation time would take about three months to allow synchronization and calibration of some systems in the state government.

“As it stands, we are fine-tuning the proposal which will soon be approved and approved.

“Hopefully the new weekend rest days can be implemented by this year,” the source said, adding that many parties were in favor of the move.

Earlier, Pasir Raja MP Nor Rashidah Ismail proposed to the state government to adopt a three-day weekend for a four-day working week.

She said countries like Belgium, Iceland, Scotland, Spain, Japan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) practice a four-day work week from Monday to Thursday with days off from work. Friday to Sunday.

Nor Rashidah said so during his debate on Sultan Ibrahim’s decree at the state assembly meeting held today at Bangunan Sultan Ismail at Kota Iskandar at Iskandar Puteri.

On June 14, Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi said that the state is considering the possibility of reviewing its rest days after listening to people’s comments on the difference in rest days between government and private bodies.

He said a solution to this problem could be announced soon.

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