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Unplanned Public Holiday On 3 December Unnecessary, Can Cause RM400 Million In Losses

Unplanned Public Holiday On 3 December Unnecessary, Can Cause RM400 Million In Losses

The unplanned public holiday in the Federal Territories is economically and socially disruptive.

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This Friday, 3 December, has been declared a public holiday for the Federal Territories (Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, and Putrajaya) to celebrate Kuala Lumpur Football Club’s (KL City) win against Johor Darul Ta’azim FC (JDT FC) on 30 November.

After a long 32-year drought, KL FC finally won the Malaysia Cup.

READ MORE: Public Holiday For KL On Friday After Football Win Against Johor

While the historic win is a cause for celebration, many Malaysians find the public holiday unnecessary during the current economic times.

The sudden public holiday announcement has potentially derailed many plans such as examination dates, health appointments, business meetings, court appointments and more.

Currently, students across the nation are sitting for their final year exams and the public holiday might delay the exam schedules further.

Unplanned holiday is irresponsible and disruptive

Bangi MP and Assistant Political Education Director for the Democratic Action Party (DAP) Dr Ong Kian Ming criticised the Minister of the Federal Territories Shadidan Kassim for declaring the public holiday.

According to Malaysiakini, Ong said the unplanned public holiday may result in a loss output of RM400 million, something Malaysia can’t afford while it’s recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic.

A netizen said while holidays are always welcome, winning a local tournament does not justify a holiday.

Other netizens also echoed the same sentiment and pointed out several examples abroad.

A mother wrote to say her daughter in secondary school who’s sitting for her final exam on Friday complained that it was only football.

Another netizen asked whether it’s a mandatory holiday.

All banks remain open

According to Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), BNM and all banks, including branch operations, in Kuala Lumpur remain open and are operating as usual on Friday, 3 December.

Financial market transactions in the foreign exchange, money and over-the-counter (OTC) bond markets will continue to function as usual too.

More trouble on 3 December

On 1 December, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri announced 3 December as Malaysia Batik Day.

However, netizens think the day should be moved to another date to respect the disabled community because it coincides with World Disability Day.

READ MORE: “Celebrating Batik Day On World Disability Day Marginalises OKU Community” Netizens Say

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