Malaysia Budget 2018 – Leave Days

Malaysia Budget 2018 – Leave Days

October 28, 2017 Blog 4

Budget 2018 was announced on October 27, 2018 by the Prime Minister and Finance Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.  Here are the key highlights for Leave Days for Civil Servant.

  1. Increase total maternity leave from 300 to 360 days subject to a maximum of 90 days a year.
  2. Increase special leaves for education officers from 7 to 10 days a year.
  3. Unrecorded leaves up to 7 days throughout service for umrah.
  4. Allow women with five months pregnant onwards (and husband) to leave work an hour earlier. (Provided both working in same location)

HRSifu Malaysia Budget 2018 - Allowed To Leave Work an Hour Earlier

For private sector, it is proposed to increase maternity leave from 60 days to 90 days, similar to what has been implemented by the government sector.

HRSifu Malaysia Budget 2018 - 90-days Maternity Leave

For government link companies (GLCs), they should introduce flexible leave benefit – convert leaves entitlement to cash rewards.

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  1. Cindy Yong

    November 23, 2017

    I was told by my company HR (private sector) that there's no increase of maternity leave to 90 days.
    Kindly advise
    Thank you

    • William Beh

      November 23, 2017

      The proposed 90 days maternity leave is from the Malaysia Bajet 2018. Jabatan Tenaga Kerja responded that the proposal will be debated in the Parliament before finalization. Currently the maternity leave is still 60 days.

      • D Poh

        November 29, 2017

        When will we know about the finalization?

        • Simon Siah

          November 30, 2017

          We are not sure. Will announce when it is finalized by government.

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