TWO-AND-A-HALF-DAY WEEKEND ON THE CARDS?
Quoting “high-placed sources”, Malay Mail reported on Monday that Johor state government may implement an official two-and-a-half-day weekend, with half of Friday, as well as Saturday and Sunday, as rest days.
According to one source, the proposal will allow Muslims to prepare for Friday prayers.
“As part of the proposal, the state government will end its Friday workday at noon, and civil servants will not be required to return to the office after Friday prayers,” said the source, as quoted by Malay Mail.
The source added that from Monday to Thursday, there may possibly be an additional hour of working time from 8am to 6pm to make up for Friday’s half-day.
Presently, official work hours for Johor’s civil servants are from 8am to 5pm.
Another source said the arrangement had already been communicated to the Johor sultan before he left for his trip on Jun 18.
The same source pointed out to Malay Mail that the implementation time would take about three months for the state government to synchronise and calibrate its systems.
The same proposal was made by Pasir Raja assemblyman Nor Rashidah Ismail in the Johor state assembly on Monday.
The Barisan Nasional representative suggested that the state’s civil servants could work full-time from Monday to Thursday, with an additional hour of working time.
“Then there will be half-day working hours on Friday, which are from 8am to noon where Muslim workers are still able to comfortably fulfil their Friday prayers obligation,” she was quoted as saying by the Star.
She said countries such as Belgium, Iceland, Scotland, Spain, Japan and the United Arab Emirates practised a four-day work week from Monday to Thursday with rest days from Fridays to Sundays.
Source: Channel News Asia