A Johor Company Is Under Investigation For Refusing To Recognise 30 July As A Holiday
A printing company in Johor Bahru, Johor is under investigation for refusing to give its staff a day off on Tuesday, 30 July, to mark the Agong's coronation
Astro Awani reported that the Ministry of Human Resources is investigating the company after a letter allegedly written by the company's managing director went viral.
"The issue is currently under investigation by the Labour Department's Legal Compliance Unit," a representative said.
The alleged letter by the company's managing director explains that the company has already set aside 11 days this year for public holidays
"Our company has already gazetted 11 days for our public holiday and hence we will not choose the King's Coronation Day as one of the public holiday," the letter reads.
"Our list of public holiday is given in January 2019 and we will strictly follow the list. No other public holidays will be considered by the company, if you choose to be absent without leave, warning letter will be served.
"We will not entertain any future additional public holiday announcement by the government, the list of holiday state by the company is final."
In a statement, the Human Resources Ministry reminded the company that it can be charged for refusing to comply with Section 60D of the Employment Act 1955
"The employer will be informed of their obligation to obey Section 60D(1) of the Employement Act 1955 which is to provide employees with 'a paid holiday at his ordinary rate of pay... in any one calendar year... (b) on any day appointed as a public holiday for that particular year under Section 8 of the Holidays Act 1951'," read the statement on Facebook.
The Ministry added that employees are eligible to 11 days of paid public holidays, of which five days are mandatory and cannot be replaced while the remaining six days are selected by the employers.
However, employees are also entitled to a paid public holiday under the Holidays Act 1951 for the Agong's Coronation.
"This means that the total number of paid public holidays for employees in 2019 is 12 days," the statement read.