Johor teachers welcome return to Saturday-Sunday weekend but implementation should be next year, says state rep

22/6/2022 11:31:00 AM

Johor teachers welcome return to Saturday-Sunday weekend but implementation should be next year, says state rep

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Johor teachers welcome return to Saturday-Sunday weekend but implementation should be next year, says state rep

ISKANDAR PUTERI, June 22 — The Johor government’s decision to review the state’s current weekend rest days of Friday and Saturday has received positive reaction from...

By Ben TanWednesday, 22 Jun 2022 4:03 PM MYTISKANDAR PUTERI, June 22 — The Johor government’s decision to review the state’s current weekend rest days of Friday and Saturday has received positive reaction from teachers, said state Education, Information and Communication Committee chairman Norlizah Noh.

She said whatever the decision, it is hoped that any changes will not be implemented this year as to not disrupt the current school calendar in Johor.“At the education level, the majority of the 44,920 teachers in primary and secondary schools have agreed to review the weekend rest days in the state,” she said during a press conference at the Johor state assembly in Kota Iskandar here today.

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By Ben Tan Wednesday, 22 Jun 2022 4:03 PM MYT ISKANDAR PUTERI, June 22 — The Johor government’s decision to review the state’s current weekend rest days of Friday and Saturday has received positive reaction from teachers, said state Education, Information and Communication Committee chairman Norlizah Noh. She said whatever the decision, it is hoped that any changes will not be implemented this year as to not disrupt the current school calendar in Johor. One source told Malay Mail that the proposed two-and-a-half-day weekend will allow Muslims to prepare for Friday prayers. “At the education level, the majority of the 44,920 teachers in primary and secondary schools have agreed to review the weekend rest days in the state,” she said during a press conference at the Johor state assembly in Kota Iskandar here today. Johor is one of four states that observe Friday as the start of the weekend to facilitate the compulsory Muslim prayers on the day. Norlizah, who is also the Johor Lama assemblyman, said discussions should be held with all parties and stakeholders at every level to ensure that future decisions are made to benefit the people. “Saturday and Sunday will be observed as official rest days and the start of the working week will be the following Monday. “Of course, the weekend rest day review is important to family productivity, the economy and education. Mohd Fared also said that the Johor Islamic Religious Department (JAINJ) had submitted a proposal to review the allowance rate last year and the state government did intend to increase the rate as soon as the economic situation permits.

“I believe the current school session in the state has been planned until the end of this year. At present, official work hours are from 8am to 5pm,” said the source on condition of anonymity to Malay Mail as he was not authorised to speak to the media. Hong Fatt Garage proprietor Yeap Leong Eng speaks to Malay Mail in Johor Baru on June 20, 2022. “It would be better to make any changes to the weekend rest days by next year for fear of disrupting the current school calendar this year,” said Norlizah. On June 14, Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi said the state was looking at the possibility of reviewing its rest days after listening to feedback from the people about the difference in rest days between the government and private bodies. The Johor government has been observing Friday and Saturday as its rest days since January 1, 2014, following a decree from Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar in conjunction with his 55th birthday celebration on November 23, 2013. He said a solution to the matter could be announced soon. Last week, the Johor government proposed returning to the more typical weekend to address problems arising from having different rest days for public and private sector workers. The Johor government has been observing Friday and Saturday as its rest days since January 1, 2014, following a decree from Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar in conjunction with his 55th birthday celebration on November 23, 2013. Another source, who is privy to information on the proposed rest-day revision for Johor, confirmed that the state government is potentially looking at implementing a two-and-a-half-day weekend with a four-and-a-half-day work week. He was responding to a question from Senator Datuk Jefridin Atan (BN-Kukup) on the rate of allowance paid by the state government to imam, muezzins and noja and the last time the rate was reviewed and increased.

The state monarch was reported to have said that the change was to make it easier for Muslims in the state to attend Friday prayers. Johor used to observe Friday and Saturday as official weekend rest days before a change in 1994. The same source pointed out that implementation time would take about three months to allow for the synchronisation and calibration of certain systems within the state government. “Basically, as a couple or those with children, we lose out a day in having our quality time on most weekends,” he said. At present, besides Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu also observe Friday and Saturday weekend rest days. Advertisement . “Hopefully, the new weekend rest days can be implemented by this year,” said the source, adding that many parties were supportive of the move.