Malaysia Will Have 50 Public Holidays in 2019!
But Malaysians Are Not Entitled To All 50 Public Holidays
Most people love holidays. When they hear “holiday”, they will immediately think of getaways from work, and start planning their trips around it. To some people, holidays are a sigh of relief from their hectic, high stress work lifestyle. For them, holiday means being able to sleep in, or spend time with their loved ones.
To be fair, not everyone is entitled to all 50 public holidays. Technically, Malaysia only celebrates 20 known public holidays as some states choose to continue work operations.
For non-Malaysian residents reading this, Malaysian states can choose which holiday to observe as not all are compulsory. Compulsory public holidays to observe are usually statesmen birthdays, Agong’s birthdays, Sultan’s birthday, Merdeka Day, Christmas Day, Hari Raya, and Chinese New Year. Any other public holidays listed, each state can choose to see if they wanted to observe or not.
Although Malaysia have 50 public holidays in 2019, it does not mean Malaysians are entitled to celebrate or observe all 50. Furthermore, several states have their own holidays that does not apply on a national level. The number of 50 public holidays Malaysians observe is a total number only. As mentioned earlier, Malaysians only observe 20 public holidays in a year,
Malaysians and people working in the country reading this know Malaysia is one of the Southeast Asian country to have that many public holidays in a year. Add your annual leaves, medical leaves, compassionate leaves, maternity leaves, and any other leaves. You won’t need to work anymore!
So, what public holidays do Malaysians celebrate?
Our Oh-So-Hardworking Neighbours!
Our neighbouring country, Singapore, on the other hand, don’t even have half of what we have. Touting itself as a developed country with a booming economy, Singapore have only 14 days of public holidays! Its longest public holiday us during the Chinese New Year festivities from February 5 to 6. Take annual leave and say hello to extra holiday!
We were expecting Singapore to have the least amount of public holidays, and even then, have less than Brunei. Brunei, with a population of half a million, have more than 15 days of public holiday. In 2019, the small country located on Borneo Island observes 19 public holidays with its longest celebration being Hari Raya. Hari Raya 2019 is purportedly celebrated from June 5 to 8.
Vietnam has the least amount of public holidays compared to other South East Asian countries, coming in with just 11 days in 2019! Its longest number of public holidays it will enjoy is Tet Nguyen Dan, also known as the Vietnamese New Year. The Tet Nguyen Dan is celebrated for 5 days.
Let’s See How Our Neighbouring Countries Do
Seeing how Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei have different numbers of public holiday, let’s see how many public holidays the other South East Asian countries have.
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With 2019 fast approaching, it is time to plan out your holidays for next year.