Sarawak takes peninsula's cue, declares April 24 public holiday

ADIB POVERA


KUCHING: The state government has declared April 24 as a public holiday in Sarawak, in conjunction with the inauguration of the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V.

The Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said the declaration was made in line with the decision by the Federal Government, which had assigned the date as a public holiday in conjunction with the coronation of the King.

"The state government of Sarawak has decided to follow the decision of the Federal Government and declare that April 24 is also a public holiday in Sarawak," the CMO said in a statement today.

It was reported that Chief Secretary to the Government, Tan Sri Ali Hamsa, had said that the public holiday announcement was declared under Section 8 of the Holidays Act 1951 (Act 369) for peninsular Malaysia and the Federal Territory of Labuan.

"Sabah and Sarawak could take such action in accordance with their laws," said Ali.