PETALING JAYA: Johor’s Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar says he will not be rushed into making a decision to change the state’s weekend back to Saturday and Sunday.
Sultan Ibrahim said he wanted the government to focus on the state’s economic growth for the benefit of the people while he deliberated the decision, adding that there was “no need for any hullabaloo or politicising on the issue”.
“I do not want to be rushed into this decision as I need to think this through thoroughly,” he said in a Facebook post.
He said an announcement would be made once he was “completely sure and confident that it would be the best decision for the good of Johor”.
Sultan Ibrahim said the state government may send him proposals which he will review thoroughly.
“I will consider all the positives and negatives of the state government’s proposals, while also considering and perusing all (other) viewpoints on the matter,” he said.
He also asked all parties to stop speculating on the issue or urge him to make a quick announcement.
On June 14, menteri besar Onn Hafiz Ghazi said the state government would review the weekend rest days. He said a decision would be announced after a comprehensive study.
In 2014, Sultan Ibrahim had changed the state’s weekend to Friday and Saturday as a mark of respect for Friday’s importance to Muslims and as recognition of Islam as the state’s religion.
He had said this was a reversion of the state’s original weekend, which had been in effect since the time Johor was an unfederated Malay state.
The switch to Saturday and Sunday had been made in 1994 during Muhyiddin Yassin’s tenure as the menteri besar.