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Malaysia extends unrecorded leave benefit for Pesta Kaamatan and Hari Gawai to certain civil service officers

Malaysia extends unrecorded leave benefit for Pesta Kaamatan and Hari Gawai to certain civil service officers

The update shall be effective 22 May 2023.

To improve existing regulations for civil service officers, Malaysia has agreed to extend the Leave Without Record Facility in conjunction with the Kaamatan Festival and Hari Gawai, both of which are marked as harvest and thanksgiving festivals.

The Leave Without Record facility in conjunction with the Kaamatan Festival and Hari Gawai is allocated through Section SR.5.3.4 Human Resource Services Circular (MyPPSM), which allows officers to take leave without record one day every year to celebrate Kaamatan Festival on May 30 or May 31.

Typically, unrecorded leave is a benefit that can be considered for staff to attend or participate in an activity subject to the exigency of service.

With this update, the 'off record leave' benefit is now extended to:

  1. officers of ethnic descent who celebrate the Kaamatan Festival or Hari Gawai serving in Peninsular Malaysia;
  2. officers of ethnic descent who celebrate Gawai Day serving in Sabah/Federal Territory of Labuan; and
  3. officers of ethnic descent who celebrate the Kaamatan Festival serving in Sarawak.

The update is implemented through MyPPSM Section SR.5.3.4 (Facilities for Holidays Without Records for the Kaamatan Festival and Hari Gawai) per Appendix A and shall be effective 22 May 2023. Subject to its acceptance by the respective parties, this section in its entirety is extended to all state public services, statutory authorities, and local authorities. 

ALSO READ: FAQs: Applying for Leave Without Record under Malaysia's JPA, for officers involved in community services


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