This Viral WhatsApp Message Warning Malaysians To Wear Face Masks In Cars Is Fake

However, certain parts of the viral WhatsApp message were accurate.

Cover image via Selangor Journal/Rojak Daily & Mashable Southeast Asia

A WhatsApp message claiming to be the revised standard operating procedures (SOPs) when travelling went viral over the weekend

The message, titled 'SOP for Travelling' alleged that people from different households are required to wear a mask when travelling in the same car.

It also urged passengers to adhere to social distancing while in a private vehicle, saying that smaller cars akin to Perodua's Axia will only be allowed to carry half its capacity. 

On top of that, the message even directed Malaysians to a Movement Control Order (MCO) hotline number.

Image via SAYS
Image via SAYS

The National Security Council (NSC) has since disproved the message

"The National Security Council denies issuing the circular 'SOP for Travelling 1 Aug' along with the MCO Query Phone +603-88882010 claiming to ease the flow of information to the public concerning face mask SOPs when in a private vehicle or public transport."

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However, the message had the appearance of being true as several points regarding face mask etiquette were accurate

Last month, the Ministry of Health (MOH) clarified the proper way to wear a face mask. 

"Face masks should not be worn hanging around an individual's neck, chin, and it should not only cover part of a person's nose and mouth," they wrote on their official Twitter account. 

The MOH also explained that face masks should be kept in a paper bag or resealable plastic container when eating or drinking.

If you are unsure of the SOPs for the Recovery Movement Order, you can follow the NSC on their official Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Telegram for credible information.

Otherwise, you can also check the veracity of messages via the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) on

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

Watch out for other fake news, including this WhatsApp message that claimed individuals would be fined RM1,000 for failing to wear a mask while driving:

Although you do not have to wear one while in a car, Malaysians are now required to wear face masks in crowded public places:

Here's how you should be wearing a mask:

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