After waiting for exactly six months, the public holiday of Agong’s installation is finally here.
According to NST, Putrajaya has declared July 30, 2019 as an additional public holiday in conjunction with the coronation of the of Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
It falls on a Tuesday. Now you know when to take leave, eh?
The Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Ismail Bakar said the additional public holiday was made under Section 8 of the Holidays Act 1951 for Peninsular Malaysia and Labuan.
Sarawak and Sabah are not included to have an additional public holiday but Ismail said the state government could take action based on their own state laws.
Previously, FeedMe Malaysia warned our readers about the fake news which purported January 31, 2019 would be a public holiday due to the “Agong’s Inauguration day.”
Eventually, it led to Malaysia Government Call Centre (MyGCC) making a clarification that the claim was false.
Dr Mohammad Shamsuddin, an expert on Malay customs from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, said the newly elected King will choose when to celebrate his Royal stint which normally holds within a year after swearing-in, The Star reported him as saying on January 8.
“He will be advised by the Conference of Rulers on a proper date to hold the ceremony.
“Usually, it is within a year of the swearing-in. However, the King can immediately assume all his duties right after taking the oath of office, even though he has yet to be installed as the King ceremonially,” explained Mohammad.
Our 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong took his oath of office on January 31, shortly after Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan resigned as the 15th King on January 6.
January 31 to July 30. It is exactly 180 days, or 6 months.
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