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Weekly Holidays Act 1950 Applies to Shops, Restaurants and Theatres

Updated: Feb 23, 2023

Weekly Holidays Act 1950 is an Act to provide a weekly holiday for persons employed in shops, restaurants and theatres.

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires-

"restaurant" means any premises in which is carried on principally or wholly the business of supplying meals or refreshments to the public or a class of the public for consumption on the premises;

"shop" means all directly inter-connected premises or contiguous places used by any person for:-

  1. exposing goods for sale as part of any controlled business carried on by him;

  2. the storage, preparation, processing or manufacture of goods, some or all of which are ordinarily disposed of in the course of any controlled business carried on by him; or

  3. any other purpose of a controlled business carried on by him,

or, where part only of any premises or places are so used, means that part:

Provided that the term "shop" shall not include a restaurant or any bazaar for charitable or public purposes or any separate room or workshop used exclusively for the storage, preparation, processing or manufacture of goods which are of a description ordinarily disposed of in a substantial quantities otherwise than as part of the business of a controlled business;

"theatre" includes any premises intended principally or wholly for the presentation of moving pictures, dramatic performances or stage entertainment or for use as a dance hall;

manager” means any person appointed to be in charge of or to manage a shop, theatre or restaurant;

proprietor” means the owner of the controlled business in any shop or the licensee of any theatre or restaurant;


Under section 14(1) of the Act, the Minister may make rules for carrying out the purposes of this Act.

Under section 14(2) of the Act, in particular and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power, such rules may-

  1. prescribe anything required to be, or which may be prescribed under this Act;

  2. regulate the exercise of their powers and the discharge of their duties by Inspectors;

  3. require registers and records to be maintained and prescribe the notices to be displayed in establishments to which this Act applies and the form and contents thereof and the manner in which such notices shall be displayed.

Under section 14(3) of the Act, all rules made under this section shall be published in the Gazette and shall be laid as soon as conveniently may be before the Dewan Rakyat which may, by resolution, amend, approve or disapprove of the same. All rules approved by the Dewan Rakyat with such amendments, if any, as may have been made, shall come into force as from the date of the resolution approving the same.

Weekly Holidays Rules 1951

Weekly Holidays Rules 1951, made under section 14 [20 September 1951; L.N. 577/1951], was revised in 2023.

Notice under subsections 3(2), 5(4) and 7(2) of the Act

The notice referred to in subsections 3(2), 5(4) and 7(2) of the Weekly Holidays Act 1950 shall be in Form A as specified in the Schedule.

The proprietor or manager of any shop affected by subsections 3(1), 5(1) and 7(1) of the Weekly Holidays Act 1950 shall send a true copy of every such notice and, where any alteration in such notice becomes necessary, a true amended copy of the such notice to the nearest Labour Office.

Notice under subsection 3(4) of the Act

The notice referred to in subsection 3(4) of the Weekly Holidays Act 1950 shall be in Form B as specified in the Schedule.

The proprietor of any unassisted shop shall send a true copy of every Form B or, where any alteration in such notice becomes necessary, a true amended copy of the notice to the nearest Labour Office within the State in which the shop is situated, within two weeks of the commencement of any trade or business in the such shop.

Record of whole day holiday

The proprietor or manager of any shop, restaurant or theatre shall keep a record of the holidays given to each employee in Form C as specified in the Schedule where the employee in the shop, restaurant or theatre is entitled to be given:-

  1. under section 6 of the Act, a holiday of one whole day in each week; and

  2. under subsection 7(3) of the Act, a whole holiday on five other days in every year.

This record shall:

  1. be kept up to date by the end of each week;

  2. be preserved for a period of at least one year after the end of the year to which the entries in the record refer; and

  3. be kept in a conspicuous place on the premises where the employees mentioned in the record worked or are working.


22.1 Weekly Holidays Act 1950 - Act 220
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22.2 Weekly Holidays Rules 1951
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We put a lot of emphasis on ensuring that our team members enjoy a balanced life outside work.

Hence, our firm's Sports and Social Committee is responsible for actively organising an exciting variety of events, such as the Annual Dinner, Annual Trips and Inter-accounting Firm Tournament.

These events are planned so that our professionals can take some time off to relax and, more importantly, come together to strengthen their sense of community and teamwork.

This year's Inter-Accounting Firm Tournament will be held on February 25 and 26, 2023 (Saturday and Sunday). We welcome your support!

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