STARTING AUG 1, FACE MASKS ARE MANDATORY IN PUBLIC AREAS.
Starting Saturday (Aug 1), Malaysian government has made it compulsory to wear face masks!
Senior Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said those who flout the mandatory mask rule can be subject to prosecution under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 that provides for a fine of up to RM1,000, close to the minimum monthly wage of RM1,100 or RM1,200. The law also imposes a penalty of six months’ imprisonment, or both fine and jail.
During the height of the Covid-19 outbreak in Malaysia in March, face masks were only required for front liners such as healthcare workers and those with symptoms of the virus.
But as cases started to re-emerge following the easing of the movement control order (MCO) to the recovery phase, Malaysia Government announced on 23th July that face masks would be made compulsory after there was an increase in Covid-19 cases.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah had said that the long-term plan was to eventually get everyone to wear a face mask once they stepped out of the house.
There have been incidents where returning travelers breached their mandatory home quarantine. Identified by their tracking bracelets, they were seen dining at restaurants, shopping at shopping mall, withdraw money at bank ATM machine, when they were supposed to be at home. This sort of defiance had riled up other Malaysians, who took to social media to express their anger at this lack of social responsibility.
Previously, police had detained a restaurant operator and he was issued a compound of RM1,000 for flouting the 14-day quarantine order after arriving from India on July 13. He was tested negative during checks at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), but subsequent test by the Health Ministry showed that he was positive. Five of his close contacts, who are from the Sivagangga cluster, also tested positive.
POLICE are urging those who have visited or eaten at a nasi kandar eatery in Napoh, Jitra to undergo Covid-19 screening to ensure that they are not infected. So folks, don’t be the black sheep, be responsible to society. As a responsible citizen, all travelers who come back from overseas - Please stay at home and self-quarantine for 14 days.
A poll conducted on The Star's Facebook page on July 21 found that 41,200 out of 45,700 people who voted had overwhelmingly agreed to make wearing face masks compulsory in public areas. But most of the public are still confused on where they should wear mask, causing some people to even spread rumours that we might need to wear mask while driving alone in our cars. Some people also asked if they need to wear mask when they are jogging in the parks or playing badminton in badminton court.
Let us clear your doubts with the following photo, as it stated clearly places where face masks are mandatory.
Source: Malay Mail
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