Johor DAP chairman Dr Boo Cheng Hau says Johor needs to be practical when it comes to the weekends for the state. He wants the weekends to revert to Saturday and Sunday for investors to continue having confidence in the Iskandar Malaysia project.
MCA’s sudden flip-flop on the Johor weekend issue has been labelled as “nonsense” by Johor DAP.
State party chairman Dr Boo Cheng Hau said the matter was discussed many times, but MCA was always quiet on the matter
“We have brought it up at the state assembly and even discussed it with the state assemblymen.
“Why are they only taking this stand now? We had already voiced our concerns and made our stand clear.
“To change the weekend, a proper study on its impact economically needs to be carried out. There would be many religious aspects to consider as well.”
Boo said MCA was now trying to take credit for what DAP had been fighting for all this while, while the former had been silent “before and after” the announcement was made.
He pointed out that Indonesia, the biggest Islamic country in the world, also had Saturday and Sunday as their weekend.
“The normal weekend is key for international trade and the Iskandar Malaysia project to remain robust and for investors’ confidence in it.
“They have to be practical about it and revert the weekends back to Saturday and Sunday,” he said.
Boo’s comments come after MCA national Public Services and Complaints Bureau chairman Jason Teoh said the party would petition for a Saturday-Sunday weekend.
Teoh claimed that people had voiced their concerns on the matter and this was why the party had decided to petition the matter.
He also reminded DAP representatives that it was PAS state assemblyman Abdullah Husin who proposed to the State Assembly to make Fridays and Saturdays as the state’s official weekends.
Teoh went on to allege that the DAP assemblymen that time had not voiced out against the proposal.
It was only now, he added, that DAP had proposed a committee and blamed MCA for changing the weekends to Fridays and Saturdays.