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Following the Election Commission of Malaysia (Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya Malaysia – SPR) confirmation that the nation’s 14th general election (GE14) on 9 May 2018 (Wednesday) is a public holiday, the EC also calls for and encourage employers to use their discretion to give special leave or appropriate release to their appointed employees as the 14th General Election Officer.
The EC also stressed that this is not a new thing, with records showing that previous GEs were sometimes held on weekdays – for example, in GE-1 (1959), GE 6 (1982),the 9th GE (1995) and the 10th GE (1999).
The release stated: “So with the announcement of the leave, this general should not be an issue. In fact, early notification regarding the date of the GE-14 also allows voters to have enough time to plan a trip and so on.”
The EC also reminded that employers who do not allow their employees to be voters may be liable to a fine of RM5000 or one year in prison as provided under subsection 25 (3) of the Election Offenses Act 1954.
For othe requirements and the full set of guidelines, here’s a list of what employers need to know on the Malaysia’s general election on 9 May.
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