Malaysian lawmaker proposes four-day working week

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Nor Rashidah Ismail of the Barisan National Party said countries like Belgium, Iceland, Scotland, Spain, Japan and the United Arab Emirates practice a four-day working week, Monday to Thursday, with rest days from Friday to Sunday.

“If productivity is debatable, then I offer this option where you work full time from Monday to Thursday with an hour of extra work.

“If working hours were 8am to 5pm previously, then the implementation of this proposal will see working hours increase to 8am to 6pm Monday to Thursday.

“Then there will be half-day working hours on Fridays, i.e. from 8 a.m. to noon, when Muslim workers are still able to comfortably fulfill their obligation of prayers from Friday,” she added.

Nor Rashidah was speaking at the state assembly meeting held Monday at Bangunan Sultan Ismail in Kota Iskandar.

She said it is better to standardize rest days between the government and the private sector to ensure the well-being of the family.

Meanwhile, Liow Cai Tung of the Pakatan Harapan Party has urged the state government to expedite its review of the rest days issue so that it can be presented to the Ruler of Johor for consent.

“The state is one of the major contributors to the economy of the country. Standardizing rest days with private bodies will increase productivity, efficiency and tourism sector in Johor,” she said.

On June 14, the Chief Minister of Johor, Onn Hafiz Ghazi, said that the state was considering the possibility of reviewing its rest days after listening to people’s comments on the difference in rest days between the government and the private organizations.

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