Di Johor Bahru Malaysia, Libur Akhir Pekan jadi Jum'at Sabtu
Di beberapa negara yang mayoritas penduduknya islam, libur akhir pekan biasanya adalah hari jum'at dan sabtu.
Libur hari jum'at dan sabtu ini dilakukan di negara-negara timur tengah seperti Saudi Arabia, UNi Emirates Arab, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Iraq, Jordania dll.
Pada masa sebelumnya, negara-negara Timur tengah memberlakukan libur akhir pekan Kamis dan Jum'at, namun atas pertimbangan waktu kerja international dan efisiensi hubungan dagang dan bisnis, libur akhir pekan itu berubah menjadi hari Jum'at dan Sabtu.
Di negara-negara ASEAN, seperti juga yang berlaku Internasional, libur akhir pekan adalah sabtu dan minggu. Nah negara Johor Bahru, salah satu negara bagian di Malaysia akan memberlakukan libur akhir pekan menjadi Jum'at dan Sabtu.
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Johor Sultan decrees weekends will be on Fridays and Saturdays
The Sultan of Johor has ordered that weekends in the state be changed to Fridays and Saturdays effective January 1 next year.
MUAR -- The Sultan of Johor has ordered that weekends in the state be changed to Fridays and Saturdays effective January 1 next year.
He said Friday was the most auspicious day of the week and Muslims should take advantage of the day to perform more religious deeds.
He said the blessings of Friday began from the night which was usually filled with Yaseen-reading and Muslim men performed the obligatory Friday prayers in the day, and during this time parents must teach their children to follow suit.
"If we observe, currently, Muslim men rush hastily to the mosques for Friday prayers during the short office break, the sermon is used for resting and sleeping.
"When Friday prayer ends, they hurriedly get up and leave the mosque and some cannot even wait for the imam to recite the doa (prayers).
"As such, after scrutinising numerous views, I have decided that the weekend in Johor be changed to Friday and Saturday from January 1, 2014," he decreed.
Sultan Ibrahim said this during a thanksgiving prayer ceremony held in conjunction with his birthday at the Dewan Jubli Intan Sultan Ibrahim in Muar on Saturday.
Johor had made Friday a weekend holiday prior to 1994.
Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Khaled Nordin said he is confident that the switch of the state's rest days will not have huge effect on the state's economy.
This, he said, was because those having Sunday as their rest day could still make dealings with the state government as Sunday would be a normal working day for state government employees.
"I don't think in this current rapid technological development, a switch in weekends will bring huge effect on the state's economy. Furthermore, Johor used to observe Friday as its rest day before 1994," he said.
Mohamed Khaled said that at that time, the private sector was given the option to either follow the state government or observe Saturdays and Sundays as rest days.
"Likewise this time, it is up to them to either follow the state government or not," he added.
As for schools, he said, the switch in rest days would avoid a rush for Muslim students to perform the Friday prayers.
For Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda) chief executive Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, investments in the area would continue as usual and Irda would improve its system to accommodate the needs of investors.
He said: "We will certainly take necessary actions to coordinate all agencies at the federal level and also the business community. As for now, we do not foresee any disruption to our service."
The communication manager of Puteri Harbour Traders Hotel in Nusajaya, Aidah Abd Rahman, believed that the switch would boost the state's travel industry.
"The hotel welcomes the switch. It certainly is good news for foreign tourists, especially the Singaporeans, who normally cross over to the state on Sunday," she said.