Dear MECA Members,

Kindly take note of the following :-

1.    Nuzul Al-Quran

The Federal Government has declared a public holiday for Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Putrajaya and Federal Territory of Labuan for Nuzul Al-Quran effective year 2014 vide a gazette dated 28th November 2013.

Previously, Nuzul Al-Quran was observed as a public holiday in the states of Kelantan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Selangor and Terengganu only. By virtue of the gazette on 28th November 2013, the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Putrajaya and Federal Territory of Labuan will now observe Nuzul Al-Quran as a public holiday beginning from year 2014. For the year 2014, Nuzul Al-Quran falls on the 15th of July 2014.

This holiday has been declared under s.8 of the Holidays Act 1951. Further to s. 60D(1)(b) of the Employment Act 1955 (“the Act”), this means that this is a compulsory public holiday. However, pursuant to the second proviso to s. 60D(1A) of the Act, employers may require employees to work on the 15th of July 2014 as normal and instead grant another day as a substituted public holiday.

2.    Change to date for Deepavali

            The Federal Government vide gazette dated 29 July 2013 declared that Deepavali shall fall on Thursday, 23rd October 2014. However, vide                       gazette dated 6 December 2013, the date for Deepavali has been amended to Wednesday, 22nd October 2014 and not as previously gazetted.

            For employers who are observing Deepavali as a holiday this year, please take note of the change in date. As this is not one of the 5                             compulsory holidays provided for in the Act, employers may, with the agreement of employees, request employees to work on the 22nd of                     October and instead grant another day as a substituted public holiday. Please note that in this case, unlike the case of Nuzul Al-Quran above,               employees consent is a pre-requisite for any substitution.Dear Members,

Kindly take note of the following :-

1.    Nuzul Al-Quran

The Federal Government has declared a public holiday for Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Putrajaya and Federal Territory of Labuan for Nuzul Al-Quran effective year 2014 vide a gazette dated 28th November 2013.

Previously, Nuzul Al-Quran was observed as a public holiday in the states of Kelantan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Selangor and Terengganu only. By virtue of the gazette on 28th November 2013, the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Putrajaya and Federal Territory of Labuan will now observe Nuzul Al-Quran as a public holiday beginning from year 2014. For the year 2014, Nuzul Al-Quran falls on the 15th of July 2014.

This holiday has been declared under s.8 of the Holidays Act 1951. Further to s. 60D(1)(b) of the Employment Act 1955 (“the Act”), this means that this is a compulsory public holiday. However, pursuant to the second proviso to s. 60D(1A) of the Act, employers may require employees to work on the 15th of July 2014 as normal and instead grant another day as a substituted public holiday.

2.    Change to date for Deepavali

           The Federal Government vide gazette dated 29 July 2013 declared that Deepavali shall fall on Thursday, 23rd October 2014. However, vide                      gazette dated 6 December 2013, the date for Deepavali has been amended to Wednesday, 22nd October 2014 and not as previously gazetted.

           For employers who are observing Deepavali as a holiday this year, please take note of the change in date. As this is not one of the 5                            compulsory holidays provided for in the Act, employers may, with the agreement of employees, request employees to work on the 22nd of                      October and instead grant another day as a substituted public holiday. Please note that in this case, unlike the case of Nuzul Al-Quran above,              employees consent is a pre-requisite for any substitution.

We attach herewith the gazettes dated 28 November 2013 and 6 December 2013 for your perusal.

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