Malaysia Public Holidays for 2017

Malaysia Public Holidays for 2017

Public Holiday Rules

Often, Public Holidays are days where most employees look forward to and also nightmares for most employers and human resource. However, we at MyFreelys Academy felt that employers and HR Practitioners can plan ahead to manage their operations and avoid unnecessary interruptions. You may download the official list of Malaysia Public Holidays 2017 released by (HERE!)




Public holidays in Malaysia are governed by various state and federal laws as stated below:

  • Act 369 – Holidays Act 1951
  • Sarawak Holidays Ordinance
  • State of Sabah Holidays Ordinance

In the event, a public holiday falls on a weekday (Monday to Friday) then that day becomes a non-working day. Students and employees are generally not required to attend work or school (though many people in retail and other sectors still work on many of the public holidays, since shopping malls and many service still operate). This applies for all states except Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu, where the weekday starts on Sunday rather than Monday. If a public holiday falls on a Saturday, then people who normally work on that day are entitled to a day off. If a public holiday falls on a Sunday, then a replacement is given the next day, on Monday. In this way, the number of days off each year because of public holidays remains basically the same, with no reduction in days-off because of public holidays falling on existing off-days.