Since tomorrow (Apr 19) is Good Friday, Putrajaya has decided to give all of its Christian civil servants a day off to celebrate the Holy Day.
According to Malay Mail, Public Service Director Datuk Seri Borhan Dollah released a statement yesterday (Apr 17), notifying all ministry secretaries-general, federal department heads, state secretaries, statutory bodies and directive local authorities about the news.
“I am pleased to announce that the government has agreed that all public officers professing the Christian faith will be granted one-day unrecorded leave in conjunction with Good Friday celebration beginning 2019,” he said.
However, this day off is not available to those states that already declared Good Friday as an official public holiday.
Both Eastern states, Sabah and Sarawak made Good Friday as a public holiday but not in the Peninsular.
Many Christian netizens who are celebrating the Holy Week were happy and grateful to the government for giving them a leave.
“Thank you so much. It means a lot for Christians who are in states that don’t have a public holiday for Good Friday,” one said.
Another netizen said, “Fantastic news even though I am not a government servant.” Happiness is contagious, for sure.
Good Friday is often confused with Easter Friday which happens one week after Good Friday.
The Christian holiday celebrates the crucifixion of Jesus when he was forced to carry the cross which he was later crucified on. Prior to Jesus’s crucifixion, he was arrested by the Romans after one of his followers, Judas betrayed him. In case you are wondering what Good Friday is all about.
Yeah, another holiday! Though it will be nice if it is declared as an official public holiday rather than just a one-off unrecorded day off.
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