JOHOR - Businesses in Johor are divided over the switch to a Friday-Saturday weekend, 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, said its chief executive officer, Datuk Ismail Ibrahim. The president of the Johor Indian Business Association, Mr P. Sivakumar, said its members depended on foreign investments and the change could affect them because most financial institutions worldwide closed on Sunday.
South Johor SME Association chairman Teh Kee Sin said the change could "to a certain extent" be inconvenient, but companies would just have to re-organise 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.