Source: Harian Metro
Johor Celebrates JDT's Triumph: Special Public Holiday Declared on Dec 17
BY: Michelle Liew
In an extraordinary gesture of celebration and recognition, the state government of Johor has announced a special public holiday on December 17 following the remarkable victory of the Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) football team in clinching both the Malaysia Cup and the Malaysia Super League. This decision, made in accordance with the directive of His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, reflects the state's immense pride and gratitude for the historical achievements of the JDT football team.
A Glorious Success
The State Government Secretary, Tan Sri Azmi Rohani, conveyed the official announcement, emphasizing that the special holiday is a manifestation of the state government's appreciation for the relentless support of the people of Johor and all parties involved in JDT's success. This unprecedented move not only acknowledges the team's triumph in lifting the Malaysia Cup but also celebrates the Southern Tigers' dominance in the national football arena.
Recognition and Appreciation
Tan Sri Azmi Rohani highlighted that the decision to declare a special holiday aligns with the authority granted under Section 9(1) of the General Holidays Act 1951 [Act 369]. The move underscores the government's recognition of the historical significance of JDT's achievement and its commitment to acknowledging the efforts of the players, coaching staff, and the unwavering support of the Johor community.
A Historic Triumph
Johor Darul Ta'zim's victory was sealed on Friday night when they defeated Terengganu FC 3-1 in the 2023 Malaysia Cup final at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium. This triumph completes a remarkable feat for the Southern Tigers as they secured all four major cups contested in the Malaysian football scene – the Sumbangsih Cup, FA Cup, Super League, and the Malaysia Cup.
The Southern Tigers' ability to defend the Sumbangsih Cup, FA Cup, and Super League, even with two games remaining, underscores their consistent excellence and dominance in Malaysian football. The decision to declare a special public holiday symbolizes the collective joy and pride felt by the people of Johor, as they rally behind their football team in achieving unprecedented success on the national stage.
Community Spirit and Unity
The announcement of a special public holiday not only serves as a token of appreciation for the JDT team but also fosters a sense of community spirit and unity among the people of Johor. It reflects the power of sports to bring people together and create a shared sense of pride and accomplishment.
The declaration of a special public holiday on December 17 in Johor is a testament to the profound impact of JDT's triumph on the state and its people. Beyond the thrill of victory, it symbolizes a
collective celebration of excellence, resilience, and the unifying power of sports. As the Southern Tigers bask in the glory of their historic achievements, the special holiday stands as a reminder of the joy and pride that sports can bring to a community, transcending boundaries and fostering a sense of shared identity.