The Types of Public Holidays in Malaysia
There are three types of public holidays in Malaysia on the whole.
Employment law for Public Holidays
Everyone who works in Labuan and Peninsular Malaysia is covered by the Employment Act 1955. You will be entitled to paid public holidays on a calendar year. There are 5 mandatory public holidays based on the Employment Act 1955:
- National Day
- Malaysia Day
- Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s Birthday
- Birthday of the ruler or governor of the state (Federal Territory Day in the federal territories)
- Labour Day
The employer has the right to choose from the government announced public holidays for the remaining paid holidays. The employer just needs to inform the employees before the first day of each calendar year. On top of that, all public holidays declared under Section 8 of the Holidays Act 1951 are to be perceived as a paid holiday as well.
For those who work in Sarawak and Sabah, you are protected under the Labour Ordinance. Employees who work in Sarawak can enjoy 16 days of public holidays, with four definite holidays (Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s Birthday, National Day, Labour Day, and Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s Birthday) while everyone who works in Sabah is entitled to 14 paid public holidays.