The Muslim civil servants in Malaysia are entitled for 40 days of special leave to perform haj (pilgrimage).
The heads of department can grant the 40 days leave for those who apply in advance. The haj leave is granted only once within the period of service, and entitlement is made available only for confirmed employees who have served a minimum 4 years period.
If the employee needs more than 40 days of leave, he or she can consume the annual leave entitlement, school holiday leave (for teachers and academic staff), or apply for unpaid leave.
The announcement was made by the Public Service Department (PSD) after a member of Parliament, Razali Ibrahim of BN-Muar urged the government to streamline a policy that allows the employees to take special leave to perform haj.
The current haj leave is in accordance to the Government Circular (Pekeliling) 4 released in 1984, which stated that leave to perform haj, with full salary is already provided for.