Businesses divided over Friday-Saturday weekend

Businesses divided over Friday-Saturday weekend
Datuk Ismail Ibrahim

JOHOR BARU - Businesses are divided over the switch to a Friday-Saturday weekend in Johor although it is optional for the private sector whether or not to adopt it.

The Iskandar Regional Develop­ment Authority does not foresee any problem resulting from the change.

Its chief executive officer Datuk Ismail Ibrahim (pic) said: "We will continue to ensure seamless service delivery to investors and potential investors alike and business will continue as usual."

He added in a statement that the authority would coordinate steps taken with federal agencies and the business community.

Johor Indian Business Association president P. Sivakumar said the members depended on foreign investments and the change could affect them because most financial institutions worldwide closed on Sunday.

He said it would be a "drawback for investments" if association members closed businesses on Friday.

South Johor SME Association chairman Teh Kee Sin said the change could be "to a certain extent" inconvenient, but companies would just have to reorganise their operations accordingly.

"Our state had Friday and Saturday as rest days before 1994, and none of the private sector companies adhered to that weekend.

"However, the situation has changed as we now have many government-linked companies, and most of our members have business dealings with them," he said.

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