KUALA LUMPUR: Two Pakatan Harapan lawmakers have urged the government to provide reusable facial masks to school-going children.
Dr Lee Boon Chye (PH-Gopeng) said the government should provide reusable face masks to preschool, primary and secondary school students to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.
This is following the government's mandatory rule of making it compulsory to wear face masks in crowded public places and on public transport starting Aug 1.
Dr Lee said schools could also be a place for the viral infection, hence precautionary measures must be taken.
"We have about 5.4 million children going to preschool and schools, if the government supplies each student with two reusable face masks, it will cost them less than RM25mil," he said in a press conference on Monday (July 27).
Also present was Johor Baru MP Akmal Nasrullah Mohd Nasir.
Dr Lee said the supply of the face masks to school-going children could also help reduce the burden of parents.
Akmal said the government should also standardise the drop in the ceiling price of face masks.
The government had announced that beginning Aug 15, the ceiling price of face masks will be reduced from RM1.50 to RM1.20 each.
"It is only practical if the ceiling price is also enforced on Aug 1. It makes better sense," he said.
Last week, the government announced that wearing face masks would be made mandatory following the increase in positive Covid-19 cases and lower compliance of standard operating procedures among the public.
Those who fail to comply with the ruling can be issued with a RM1,000 compound notice under the Prevention and Control of Infection Diseases Act 1988 or prosecuted in court.
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