Sultan: No reason to change weekend in Selangor

Sultan: No reason to change weekend in Selangor
Serious talk: The Star’s group managing director – chief executive officer Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai and journalist Rahimy Rahim interviewing Sultan Sharafuddin .

KUALA LUMPUR - Selangor will not make Friday and Saturday its rest days, said Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.

The Sultan said that Selangor had been a centre of nationwide and international commerce even before Independence and switching to a Friday-Saturday weekend might discourage investments and affect business dealings in the state.

"There are many international businesses in Selangor and I do not think that the banking community would like it (a change).

"If Friday is a public holiday, it will be hard to coordinate with other countries, including Singapore.

"It will be hard for the business community to carry out their transactions and it could affect the stock markets," he said in an interview with The Star.

Johor's Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar anno­unced the change to Friday and Satur­day as rest days from the present Saturday and Sunday effective Jan 1.

The Johor Ruler said the change would make it more convenient for Muslims to perform their Friday prayers.

Kedah, Kelantan and Tereng­ganu are the states which now have Friday and Saturday as their off days.

Sultan Sharafuddin said in Selan­gor that there have been no complaints from the Muslim community on any problems in performing the Friday prayers.

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