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Malaysia Public Holiday 2021

2021-02-08T15:25:19+08:00October 16, 2020|0 Comments

Are you a huge fan of holidays? If you do, you will be delighted to work in Malaysia! Malaysia is one of the top 10 nations across the globe that has the most public holidays. In 2019, Malaysia recorded 50 of public holidays in a calendar year. Of course, not everyone in Malaysia can enjoy all 50 days of public holidays. Some public holidays are only meant for specific states. Most Malaysians only have around 18 public holidays in general.

The Types of Public Holidays in Malaysia

There are three types of public holidays in Malaysia on the whole.

Holiday Example
Federal (National) Holidays Malaysia Day, Christmas
State Holidays Thaipusam, Gawai Dayak
Holidays by declaration Day of Installation of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Polling Day for the general election

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.

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Public Holiday Malaysia 2021

Date Day Holidays States
1 January 2021 Friday New Year’s Day All except Johor, Kelantan, Perlis, Kedah, & Terengganu
14 January 2021 Thursday YDPB Negeri Sembilan’s Birthday Negeri Sembilan
28 January 2021 Thursday Thaipusam Johor, Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan, Penang, Perak, Putrajaya & Selangor
1 February 2021 Monday Federal Territory Day Kuala Lumpur,  Putrajaya & Labuan
12 February 2021 Friday Chinese New Year All
13 February 2021 Saturday Chinese New Year Holiday All
4 March 2021 Thursday Installation of Sultan Terengganu Terengganu
11 March 2021 Thursday Israk and Mikraj Kedah, Negeri Sembilan, Perlis & Terengganu
23 March 2021 Tuesday Sultan of Johor’s Birthday Johor
2 April 2021 Friday Good Friday Sabah & Sarawak
13 April 2021 Tuesday Awal Ramadan Johor, Kedah & Melaka
15 April 2021 Thursday Declaration of Melaka as a Historical City Melaka
26 April 2021 Monday Sultan of Terengganu’s Birthday Terengganu
29 April 2021 Thursday Nuzul Al-Quran All except Negeri Sembilan, Kedah, Melaka, Johor, Sabah & Sarawak
1 May 2021 Saturday Labour Day All
13 May 2021 Thursday Hari Raya Aidilfitri All
14 May 2021 Friday Hari Raya Aidilfitri Holiday All
22 May 2021 Saturday Hari Hol Pahang Pahang
26 May 2021 Wednesday Wesak Day National
30 May 2021 Sunday Harvest Festival Sabah & Labuan
31 May 2021 Monday Harvest Festival Holiday Sabah & Labuan
1 June 2021 Tuesday Hari Gawai Sarawak
2 June 2021 Wednesday Hari Gawai Holiday Sarawak
7 June 2021 Monday Agong’s Birthday All
20 June 2021 Sunday Sultan of Kedah’s Birthday Kedah
7 July 2021 Wednesday Georgetown World Heritage City Day Penang
10 July 2021 Saturday Penang Governor’s Birthday Penang
17 July 2021 Saturday Raja Perlis’ Birthday Perlis
19 July 2021 Monday Arafat Day Terengganu
20 July 2021 Tuesday Hari Raya Haji All
21 July 2021 Wednesday Hari Raya Haji Holiday Perlis, Kelantan, Kedah, & Terengganu
22 July 2021 Thursday Sarawak Day Sarawak
30 July 2021 Friday Sultan of Pahang’s Birthday Pahang
10 August 2021 Tuesday Awal Muharram All
31 August 2021 Tuesday Merdeka Day All
13 September 2021 Monday Hari Hol Almarhum Sultan Iskandar Johor
16 September 2021 Thursday Malaysia Day All
2 October 2021 Saturday Sabah Governor’s Birthday Sabah
8 October 2021 Friday Melaka Governor’s Birthday Melaka
9 October 2021 Saturday Sarawak Governor’s Birthday Sarawak
19 October 2021 Tuesday Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday All
4 November 2021 Thursday Deepavali All except Sarawak
5 November 2021 Friday Sultan of Perak’s Birthday Perak
11 November 2021 Thursday Sultan of Kelantan’s Birthday Kelantan
12 November 2021 Friday Sultan of Kelantan’s Birthday Holiday Kelantan
11 December 2021 Saturday Sultan of Selangor’s Birthday Selangor
24 December 2021 Friday Christmas Eve Sabah
25 December 2021 Saturday Christmas  All

Note: Public holidays dates are preliminary and are subject to change.

Malaysia Public Holiday 2021 FAQs

Is Christmas a public holiday in Malaysia?2020-10-16T16:43:50+08:00

Yes. Christmas is a public holiday in Malaysia. 

What if the public holiday falls on Sunday in Malaysia?2020-10-16T16:43:29+08:00

If a public holiday falls on Sunday in Malaysia, you will get a replacement day off on Monday. 

Do I get double pay if I work on a public holiday in Malaysia?2020-10-16T16:43:09+08:00

If you must work on a public holiday, you do get double wages. If you happen to work overtime on the public holiday, kindly noted that you are entitled to triple wages. 

What if a public holiday falls on my day off in Malaysia?2020-10-16T16:42:23+08:00

Compliant with Malaysia’s Employment Act 1955, you are either entitled to a replacement holiday or one extra day’s salary of the Public Holiday at an ordinary rate of pay if a public holiday falls on your non-working day.  

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