King’s coronation: Sarawak to observe July 30 as public holiday

Sultan Abdullah and Raja Permaisuri Agong wave at the crowd before leaving the airport. Photo credit: Unit Komunikasi Awam Sarawak

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KUCHING, July 6: Sarawak will observe July 30 as a public holiday in conjunction with the coronation of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the state will follow suit after chief secretary to the government Datuk Seri Ismail Bakar said July 30 had been declared an additional public holiday for the nation.

The declaration was made under Section 8 of the Holidays Act 1951 for Peninsular Malaysia and Labuan. However, for Sabah and Sarawak, the state governments could take action based on their own state laws, he added.

“I thought the declaration was for the whole country, but we will follow suit,” Abang Johari told reporters when met after the Petronas Education Sponsorship Programme here yesterday.

He was asked if the state government would announce July 30 as a public holiday in conjunction with the king’s coronation.

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal had announced that July 30 will be an additional public holiday for the state following the announcement of the federal government on Tuesday, June 28. — DayakDaily