The just-ended 29th edition of Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 2017), hosted in Kuala Lumpur, brings a number of reasons to celebrate, with the Malaysian contingent emerging as the overall champion after winning 145 gold, 92 silver and 86 bronze medals.
In appreciation of the result, PM Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has declared Monday, 4 September, as a public holiday (cuti umum), announced after the Games' closing ceremony on the night of 30 August.
Per Bernama, PM Najib said: "It is not easy to declare a holiday because Malaysia has too many public holidays but since we have achieved an outstanding result in the SEA Games through the unwavering support of the various races and the excellent performance of our athletes, on behalf of the government I declare 4 September as a public holiday."
He followed that up with an announcement on his Twitter account:
Sukacita saya isytiharkan hari Isnin 4 September sebagai cuti umum sempena kejayaan kita menjuarai #SukanSEA2017. Moga dapat dimanfaatkan— Mohd Najib Tun Razak (@NajibRazak) August 30, 2017
For working professionals, this means a total of five major holidays in the month of September, with the other four being Hari Raya Haji (1 Sep) , the birthday of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V (9 Sep), Malaysia Day (16 Sep) and Awal Muharram (22 Sep).
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