Mandatory Wearing of Face Masks August Onwards

A fine of RM1,000 will be imposed if face masks are not worn at public premises from August 1 onwards. 

According to the Minister of Defence, Dato’ Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, the strict action was decided by the government based on advice from the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the worrying addition of confirmed new COVID-19 clusters. 

“This was decided in a ministers’ meeting regarding the Movement Control Order (MCO). Wearing face masks will soon be mandatory when taking the public transport or at common places and crowded areas,” he said during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) daily media conference at the parliament building recently. 

“Specifications for self-made face masks will soon be announced by MOH at their social media platforms,” Ismail Sabri added. 

The fine will be imposed based on the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342), if the newest regulations are not adhered to. 

“Despite the regulation starting in August, the public is encouraged to start wearing their face masks when in public now,” Ismail Sabri noted. 


Rosli Mansor 

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