ALOR GAJAH: Melaka plans to gazette the declaration day of Malaysia’s independence as a public holiday in the state, said chief minister Ab Rauf Yusoh.
He said the one-day public holiday had been approved by the state government, and it would come into effect next year, in conjunction with the commemoration of the Declaration of the Independence of the Federation of Malaya which took place in Bandar Hilir here in 1956.
“We are replacing an existing (public) holiday with the Independence Declaration Day holiday… the existing number of public holidays in Melaka will not be increased or reduced.
“I will announce the date of the public holiday later, after I obtain the exact date (of the declaration) from the National Archives,” he told reporters after launching the state Ramadan Rahmah Bazaar.
Rauf said the public holiday was to remind the younger generation of the country’s important dates and history, especially in relation to its independence from the British.