History of Labour Day in Malaysia

  1. The Labour Day celebration in this country began when former Deputy Prime Minister, Allahyarham Tun Dr. Ismail Abdul Rahman announced 1 May as a public holiday for workers in early 1970s.

  2. The announcement was made while he was officiating the Labour Bureau Trade Union Seminar and the UMNO Trade Union at Dewan Belia, Kampung Pandan, Kuala Lumpur on 20 May 1972.

  3. Dr. Ismail stated that the decision was made with the hope that the labour movement would perceive 1 May as a day dedicated to workers, befitting the national aspirations.

  4. This announcement was regarded as important because it not only recognised the contribution of workers, but indirectly shows that Malaysia is in agreement with the decisions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention which approved 1 May as Labour Day or May Day.