From the 1st of January 2014, Johor’s weekends will be on Friday and Saturday, instead of Saturday and Sunday. From the New Year, Sunday will be considered a working day. This used to be the case before 1994 when Johor had Friday’s and Saturday’s as non-working days.
This was decided by the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar. This decision was announced during the investiture ceremony in November in conjunction with his 55th birthday. According to the Sultan, the change was decided on based on various feedback to allow Muslims to perform their religious obligations on Friday in a more peaceful manner.
Currently, states such as Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu have Friday and Saturday as their off days.
It will take some time for those in Johor to get used to a weekend change, especially for school kids. But some also feel that it will be difficult for families with one spouse working in Singapore where they have Saturday and Sunday as off days. But then again, most companies in Johor will most likely maintain the Saturday-Sunday weekend so as not to interrupt business.
What do you think of the weekend change in Johor? Let us know in the comment section below.
" ExpatGo welcomes and encourages comments, input, and divergent opinions. However, we kindly request that you use suitable language in your comments, and refrain from any sort of personal attack, hate speech, or disparaging rhetoric. Comments not in line with this are subject to removal from the site. "