Weekends in Johor will begin on Friday from 1 January next year, according an official announcement made last Saturday.
Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar announced the change at the investiture ceremony in conjunction with his 55th birthday, Bernama reported.
The change has been was made in response to feedback from various quarters, and is aimed at allowing Muslim employees to spend Fridays carrying out religious deeds.
The Sultan said the observation has been that Muslim workers currently have to rush for their Friday prayers during their “short office break”, and then hurry back to the office when it is over.
Having Friday off will allow employees to perform more religious deeds and also conduct their Yassin-readings the night before.
“Johor is the earliest state to recognise Islam as its official religion and history also shows that the expansion of Islam in Johor became an example to other states,” he said.
This is not the first time such a change has been made – Johor previously had the same law prior to 1994. Currently, the working days in Kuala Lumpur and Penang remains unchanged.