Buzz over Johor 'changing weekend'

Buzz over Johor 'changing weekend'

KUALA LUMPUR - Will Johor change its weekend to Friday and Saturday from the current Saturday and Sunday, or will it not?

Malaysian cyberspace is abuzz with widespread but unconfirmed talk that the Johor state government is considering changing the state's weekend from next year onwards, amid concerns that it could affect foreign investments.

Since early this week, some netizens have posted what appeared to be confidential minutes of a state government officials' meeting that took place more than a month ago, which contained the proposed change.

State government sources said a decision has yet to be made as the government is still collecting feedback from various departments on the possible impact it could have on the administration.

But rumours are now rife that the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Ismail Sultan Iskandar, could announce his wish to change the state's weekend during his birthday address next Saturday, which would be subsequently agreed to by the state's executive council led by Menteri Besar Mohamed Khaled Nordin.

The Menteri Besar's office has declined to confirm the speculation. "The decision lies with the palace," a spokesman told The Straits Times on Friday.

Opposition state assemblymen have voiced their concerns about the speculated move at assembly meetings. They say it would hamper businesses and investments, especially in the Iskandar region - a massive economic zone with residential, commercial and industrial projects - which is aimed at attracting foreign investments, including from Singapore.

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