PUTRAJAYA, June 30 (Bernama) — The government has agreed to grant special leave to federal civil servants on July 8 (Friday) if Hari Raya Aidilfitri falls on July 6, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Ali Hamsa announced today.
However, he said, the special leave from work would not be applicable if the first day of Raya is declared to be on July 5 (Tuesday).
“Members of the public who plan to obtain government services on the special leave day are encouraged to visit the departments and agencies before the Hari Raya public holidays,” he said in a statement.
Ali, meanwhile, thanked Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for agreeing to the special leave proposed by public servants, particularly CUEPACS.
“Hopefully, public servants will benefit from the special leave in celebrating Aidilfitri with their families and continue to be productive and give the best services when they return to work,” he said.
A circular, JPA.SARAAN 223/5/4-3 Jld.3 (11), issued by Public Service Department (PSD) director-general Tan Sri Mohamad Zabidi Zainal, states that the special leave from work on July 8 is only applicable for federal public servants in states where their weekend off day is Sunday.
“The special leave is only for this year and cannot be made a precedent for whatever purpose in future,” according to the circular which was uploaded to the PSD’s official portal.
It also states that subject to the acceptance of application by the respective authorities, the circular is generally extended to all state civil services, statutory bodies and the local authorities.