Teresa Kok: Why declare holiday when you can reward the KL football team?

She said that such announcement were deeply disruptive.

KUALA LUMPUR – Seputeh MP Teresa Kok has called upon the government to reward the KL football team with cash incentives instead of declaring a public holiday at the eleventh hour.

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She said that while it wasn’t inappropriate to offer gifts to the participants involved, announcing public holidays out of the blue greatly disrupts the daily routine of Malaysians.

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If you want to offer RM1mil to each individual, fine, but don’t proclaim a public holiday the very next day. Not everyone is a football fan or needs a day off.

This has caused schools to close even as students are preparing for their exams.

Kok added that the government should have consulted various parties before making the announcement.

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Her remarks were echoed by G25 Malaysia, who urged the government to put a stop to declaring unscheduled public holidays.

“Not everyone welcomes surprises, pleasant or otherwise. It is disruptive to businesses, banks, schools and hospitals,” it said in a statement yesterday (Dec 3).

On Tuesday (Dec 2), KL City FC stunned the favorites Johor Darul Ta’zim with a 2-0 victory during the Malaysia Cup finals at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium, ending their 32-year trophy drought.

Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim defended his decision to declare a public holiday in conjunction with the win, claiming that he was “pressured” by his constituents into doing so.

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