KUALA LUMPUR, May 1 — The replacement holiday for Labour Day today will transfer automatically to Wednesday instead of tomorrow, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced today.
He clarified the matter after the Keeper of the Ruler’s Seal Tan Sri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad announced this evening that Malaysia will celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri tomorrow, May 2.
The PM said the shift was in line with the Holidays Act 1951 and the relevant Ordinances in Sabah and Sarawak.
“This automatic replacement holiday does not apply to Kedah, Terengganu, Kelantan, and Johor as Labour Day falls on a working day in these states,” Ismail Sabri said in a statement.
“However, this is subject to the decision of the individual state authorities to make any further announcements regarding holidays.”
Earlier, the Kelantan government announced that it has shifted the special holiday announced for Friday, May 4, to this Wednesday, in response to Syed Danial’s announcement.
The PM’s clarification came after it was announced that Malaysia would observe the first day of Aidilfitri tomorrow instead of Tuesday as had been suggested by the country’s religious authorities.
Aidiliftri is the Islamic holiday that marks the end of a month of ritual fasting by Muslims worldwide, and is celebrated on the first day of the Syawal month.