Make Sunday weekly open day for govt depts, Johor MB urged

JOHOR BARU - Pakatan Rakyat has called for the Johor Mentri Besar to make Sundays the official open day for government departments following the change in the state's weekly rest days to Friday and Saturday, starting next year.

State DAP chairman Dr Boo Cheng Hau, who suggested this at a press conference here yesterday, said that it would be easier for department heads and officials to meet the people and address their problems as the private sector's rest days remain unchanged.

He said currently, the weekly open day is Thursday afternoon as set by former Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman and it was well received by the public.

"Since Sunday will be the first day of the week starting next year, we feel that it is suitable to be set as the open day for the department heads to meet with the people," he said.

Dr Boo said he would write a letter to Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin and bring it up at the next state assembly seating.

He also clarified that the Johor DAP had never opposed Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar's decree to change the rest days.

"On Dec 6, I received a message informing me of a blog post which detailed how I had allegedly asked for the Friday prayers (solat Jumaat) to be changed to Sunday.

"I never said such things but only commented that there will be impacts as a result of the change and suggested that the people need to better coordinate and make adjustments accordingly," he said, adding that the blog kutukandewata had several other quotes wrongly attributed to him.