JOHOR BARU - Employers should give workers sufficient time-off to allow them to perform their religious obligations, said Johor National Integration Unity Department director Rajali Mudin.
He said as the state would switch its rest days to Friday and Saturday, employers who have Christian employees should give them time-off on Sunday to perform their religious duties.
"The reason behind the switch (of rest days) is to allow Muslims to perform Friday prayers without much hassle. However, I believe followers of other faiths also have the right to observe their religious duties and employers should respect these rights," he said at a mass circumcision ceremony in SK Bukit Mutiara here yesterday.
He suggested that employers should consider allocating sufficient time-off, especially for Christians, on Sundays. "It would be unfair if believers of other religions were not given enough time to pray. As a multi-racial country, we must learn to be sensitive and considerate towards each other's traditions, culture and religion," he said.
Rajali also said work commitment should not be an excuse for people to neglect their faith and pointed out that parents must play a key role to guide their children in following their respective religions.
"I believe that it is every individual's responsibility to ensure his or her religion is not neglected," he added.
Rajali said he was confident that with the rest day change, the state government would be able to curb social problems among some young Muslims who preferred to loiter around instead of performing their Friday prayers at mosques.