PETALING JAYA: Civil servants from Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan currently working in Peninsular Malaysia can take a day of unrecorded leave for the Kaamatan and Gawai festivals starting from this year.
The Prime Minister's Department said in a statement Tuesday that this is in line with the 1Malaysia concept.
"It is hoped that this holiday can give officers from Sabah, Sarawak and the Federal Territory of Labuan serving in peninsula Malaysia the chance to celebrate the festivals with their families," the statement said.
It was reported on April 29 that Sabah may consider a proposal to make the annual Kaamatan or Harvest Festival a national event with a public holiday for the whole country.
Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan said the suggestion by former Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal might be brought up to the state government leadership if the opportunity arises.