“Only the Federal Government can declare a public holiday in the country while governors alone can declare it in their states.
“But the Sultan reserves the right to declare the day for a Muslim festival.
“The Sultan based the announcement on Saudi’s declaration of Sunday 11th September as Arafat Day. Normally, the following day should be Sallah day.
“So the Sultan was right, he was even being proactive,’’ MURIC said.
MURIC further explained that the announcement by the Sultan was to guide the government on which days to declare as public holiday for the Sallah, which is part of the national holiday, just like Christmas.