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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.

Federal (National) HolidaysMalaysia Day, Christmas
State HolidaysThaipusam, Gawai Dayak
Holidays by declarationDay 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

1 January 2021FridayNew Year’s DayAll except Johor, Kelantan, Perlis, Kedah, & Terengganu
14 January 2021ThursdayYDPB Negeri Sembilan’s BirthdayNegeri Sembilan
28 January 2021ThursdayThaipusamJohor, Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan, Penang, Perak, Putrajaya & Selangor
1 February 2021MondayFederal Territory DayKuala Lumpur,  Putrajaya & Labuan
12 February 2021FridayChinese New YearAll
13 February 2021SaturdayChinese New Year HolidayAll
4 March 2021ThursdayInstallation of Sultan TerengganuTerengganu
11 March 2021ThursdayIsrak and MikrajKedah, Negeri Sembilan, Perlis & Terengganu
23 March 2021TuesdaySultan of Johor’s BirthdayJohor
2 April 2021FridayGood FridaySabah & Sarawak
13 April 2021TuesdayAwal RamadanJohor, Kedah & Melaka
15 April 2021ThursdayDeclaration of Melaka as a Historical CityMelaka
26 April 2021MondaySultan of Terengganu’s BirthdayTerengganu
29 April 2021ThursdayNuzul Al-QuranAll except Negeri Sembilan, Kedah, Melaka, Johor, Sabah & Sarawak
1 May 2021SaturdayLabour DayAll
13 May 2021ThursdayHari Raya AidilfitriAll
14 May 2021FridayHari Raya Aidilfitri HolidayAll
22 May 2021SaturdayHari Hol PahangPahang
26 May 2021WednesdayWesak DayNational
30 May 2021SundayHarvest FestivalSabah & Labuan
31 May 2021MondayHarvest Festival HolidaySabah & Labuan
1 June 2021TuesdayHari GawaiSarawak
2 June 2021WednesdayHari Gawai HolidaySarawak
7 June 2021MondayAgong’s BirthdayAll
20 June 2021SundaySultan of Kedah’s BirthdayKedah
7 July 2021WednesdayGeorgetown World Heritage City DayPenang
10 July 2021SaturdayPenang Governor’s BirthdayPenang
17 July 2021SaturdayRaja Perlis’ BirthdayPerlis
19 July 2021MondayArafat DayTerengganu
20 July 2021TuesdayHari Raya HajiAll
21 July 2021WednesdayHari Raya Haji HolidayPerlis, Kelantan, Kedah, & Terengganu
22 July 2021ThursdaySarawak DaySarawak
30 July 2021FridaySultan of Pahang’s BirthdayPahang
10 August 2021TuesdayAwal MuharramAll
31 August 2021TuesdayMerdeka DayAll
13 September 2021MondayHari Hol Almarhum Sultan IskandarJohor
16 September 2021ThursdayMalaysia DayAll
2 October 2021SaturdaySabah Governor’s BirthdaySabah
8 October 2021FridayMelaka Governor’s BirthdayMelaka
9 October 2021SaturdaySarawak Governor’s BirthdaySarawak
19 October 2021TuesdayProphet Muhammad’s BirthdayAll
4 November 2021ThursdayDeepavaliAll except Sarawak
5 November 2021FridaySultan of Perak’s BirthdayPerak
11 November 2021ThursdaySultan of Kelantan’s BirthdayKelantan
12 November 2021FridaySultan of Kelantan’s Birthday HolidayKelantan
11 December 2021SaturdaySultan of Selangor’s BirthdaySelangor
24 December 2021FridayChristmas EveSabah
25 December 2021SaturdayChristmas 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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