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Johor private company that refused to declare July 30 as public holiday to be investigated

Johor private company that refused to declare July 30 as public holiday to be investigated

Tasneem Nazari

The Human Resource Ministry will be investigating a private company in Johor.

The company allegedly released an internal circular announcing that they will not be observing the coronation day of the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah on July 30 as a public holiday.


The circular, which was sent to all the employees of the company, caught the attention of the ministry after it went viral on social media.

“The issue is currently being investigated by our Legal Compliance Unit”

Human Resource Ministry via Astro Awani

The company stated in the circular that it will not be observing the Agong’s coronation day as a public holiday as it has already gazetted 11 days of the year as the company’s public holidays.

Picture credit: Astro Awani

The letter, which was signed by the company’s director, also states that the company will take action against any employees who are absent without leave on July 30 by serving them with a warning letter.

It adds that the company will not entertain any future announcements of public holidays by the government as the list of public holidays gazetted by the company is final.

The ministry stated that they will also be verifying the authenticity of the circular which was shared on social media.

What is the law for this according to the Malaysian Employment act?

Based on Section 60D of the Employment Act, private companies in Malaysia do not have to observe state level public holidays and need only observe a minimum of 11 days of public holidays per year.

Picture credit: Employment Act 1955

Employers must announce the 11 gazetted public holidays that they will observe before the commencement of each calendar year, with five of those 11 days being fixed as the specific public holidays mentioned above.

Employers are free to choose the remaining six holidays to make up the 11 days.

Which means that your employer CAN choose to make you work on Chinese New Year, Hari Raya, or Deepavali if they don’t gazette those days as public holidays in their 11 gazetted days.



This rule DOES NOT apply to any day appointed as a public holiday under Section 8 of the Holidays Actsuch as the Agong’s coronation day on July 30.

Picture credit: Holidays Act 1951

Since the government has announced July 30th as the Agong’s coronation day, which does not fall as a state level public holiday, but a national public holiday, all companies, government and private MUST  observe the day as a public holiday.


So, claim your public holidays, people!

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