If You Were Previously Fined For Not Wearing A Mask In Your Car, You Can Now Get A Refund

Senior minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob clarified exactly where you are required to wear a mask.

Cover image via Reuters/The Straits Times & AFP/The Straits Times

In a press briefing today, 3 August, the Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that the police will revoke fines issued to Malaysians who failed to wear masks in their cars

The senior minister noted that several individuals were wrongly fined yesterday, 2 August, for not having worn face masks in private vehicles. 

Malaysiakini quoted him as saying, "I have discussed this matter with the police, they will revoke the fines. If they have paid the fines, they can ask for a refund." 

One netizen wrote that their family was earlier fined RM3,000 after they were found not to be wearing masks while at a Kota Tinggi roadblock. 

However, Ismail Sabri did not specify exactly how many people were issued fines.

The senior minister had also clarified exactly when and where a face mask should be worn after their initial announcement caused confusion among the public

Wearing a face mask has become mandatory in all crowded public places since the first of this month.

However, the mandate caused concern among the public who feared punishment for unintentionally failing to wear a mask. Misinformed messages circulating WhatsApp were also adding to the confusion.

Today, the Ministry of Defence listed the exact locations you will be expected to wear a mask:
- Public transport including buses, taxis, e-hailing services, light rail transport (LRT), and Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) commuters.
- Crowded public places including farmers' markets, night markets, and morning markets.
- Tourist attractions including cinemas.

You are not required to wear a mask when at home, in a private vehicle, or when exercising.

Children under two years old are also not required to wear face masks.

On top of this, the government has also decided to make the use of the MySejahtera contact tracing app mandatory at all locations

Exceptions will only be given to premises outside of the city where internet connection may be more unstable.

Keep practising social distancing and wash your hands often. Watch the latest update on the COVID-19 situation:

The government's earlier announcement led to a series of viral WhatsApp messages spreading fake news about the matter:

On 23 July, Ismail Sabri first announced that wearing face masks would be required in crowded public places:

Check out these tips about how to safely wear a face mask:

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