mandatory face mask public transport crowded places
(Picture for representational purposes only). Weekend in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. The public are spotted complying to the order of mandatory use of face mask at in public transport and crowded public places beginning 1 August. PIX: MOHD ADZLAN / MalaysiaGazette / 2 AUGUST 2020.

By Manzaidi Mohd Amin

KUALA LUMPUR – It is mandatory to wear face mask in public transport and crowded public places, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said, face mask is not compulsory for people travelling in private vehicles or at spacious public places like the field or the beaches. However, they are encouraged to practice social distancing.

“We made it mandatory to wear face mask beginning 1 August in public transport such as the express busses, LRT, train, inter-town busses, taxis and e-hailing rides.

“Secondly, at crowded public places such as the public wet markets, farmers’ markets, night markets, supermarkets, tourists spot and cinemas.

“It is not compulsory to wear face mask in private vehicles or at public places which are not crowded such as the field or the beaches. However, they are encouraged to wear face mask,” he said during the news conference on Covid-19 at the Parliament today.

According to Ismail Sabri, those who are compounded for not wearing face masks in private vehicles can claim their money from the Ministry of Health (MOH).

“Some were compounded when they were in their private vehicles. I have discussed with the police and MOH. The police will cancel the summons and those who have paid may claim their money from the MOH,” he said.

“You also no not need to wear face masks at normal public areas. However, we encourage the public to wear them as it can prevent the possibility of infection.

“It is compulsory to wear them at crowded places, with the exception of children under the age of two.

“We fear that it would pose danger for them as they could suffocate. For their safety, do not bring them to public places in fear of infection,” he said.

He also denied a viral recording on police arresting motorcyclists at a highway yesterday.

He said, the incident had nothing to do with not wearing face masks. On the contrary, the motorcyclists did not use the motorcycle lane at the highway.

“They did not enter the motorcycle lane, that was not the case of not wearing face mask,” he said.

On the MySejahtera mobile application, Ismail Sabri said that it enables contract tracing and the MOH had decided to make its use compulsory at all premises.

According to him, the Attorney-General’s Chamber will gazette the mandatory use of MySejahtera application soon, with the exception of premises in rural areas which do not have stable internet coverage. –MalaysiaGazette

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