Full support for ruling on wearing face mask


It is compulsory for people to wear face masks in public places and on public transport starting from Aug 1. — Filepic

SIBU: Sarawakians fully support the compulsory wearing of face masks in public places and on public transport starting from Aug 1.

A shipping executive, Albert Tay, 54, said the wearing of face masks in crowded and public areas, especially when using public transport was the right thing to do under the circumstances.

“It will help protect us and others from Covid-19 infection.

“To prevent the spread of the virus, all must play their part and adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOP), ” he said.

Tay said the virus was a serious problem and all necessary measures must be taken to stay safe.

“When in shopping centres, I make sure I have my face mask on.

“Prevention is better than cure so do not take risks, ” said Tay.

A senior lawyer, David Ting, 72, said he ensures he puts on a mask when out in public.

“I have kept these in my home, office and even in my car.

“All must wear them as part of safety measures during the pandemic, ” he said.

A salesman, Bede Yii, 53, said the compulsory wearing of face masks in public places was a good move.

“It is not hard to do and if this can help prevent infections, I do not see why we cannot do so, ” he said.

“It is for public safety and like it or not, we must follow the rule, ” he said.

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yakob was reported saying it will be compulsory for the people to wear face masks in crowded public places and on public transport starting Aug 1 or face stern action.

He said the ruling was made following the increase in positive Covid-19 cases and lower compliance to the SOP among the public.

“Given the increase to double digits of Covid-19 cases, the government has decided to make wearing face masks in public compulsory in crowded public spaces, especially indoor ones as well as on public transport.

He said those who do not comply with the ruling can be issued with a RM1,000 compound notice under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 or prosecuted in court.

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