World Bulletin / News Desk
From next year, the rest days for Johor, peninsula Malaysia's southern state, will be Friday and Saturday instead of the present Saturday and Sunday, reported the Jakarta Post.
The change affects all state government departments and agencies, but is optional for the private sector.
State ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar announced the much anticipated change during the investiture ceremony in this royal town on Saturday in conjunction with his 55th birthday.
In his speech at Dewan Jubli Intan Sultan Ibrahim, he said the change taking effect on January 1 followed feedback from various quarters and was to make it more convenient for Muslims to perform Friday prayers.
Now, Muslims had to rush for Friday prayers because of limited time, the Sultan said, adding that they would soon be able to bring along their sons with them to the mosque.Last Mod: 26 Kasım 2013, 10:00