KUCHING: The mandatory use of face masks at crowded public spaces is generally welcomed by members of the public as a way to curb the transmission of Covid-19, now that Sarawak is being hit by the second wave.
Medical student Patricia Chong, 24, said everyone must heed the government’s call to wear face masks at public spaces.
“It’s a patriotic duty of every citizen to support the government’s efforts in containing the spread of the virus. Compulsory wearing of masks at public places means helping one another,” she said when asked to comment about the government’s latest policy.
Choo Chong Seng, 26, an administrative officer, agreed with the government’s decision to impose compulsory mask-wearing at public areas due to the risks posed by Covid-19.
“I think the government’s decision is due to the fact that many positive Covid-19 patients are asymptomatic – they’re not exhibiting any symptom of virus infection at all.
“The second wave hitting Sarawak now clearly shows the uphill task that the authorities have in overcoming the virus; thus, the people should cooperate with the government in containing the spread,” he said.
University student Kenny Kueh, 24, regarded the mandatory use of face masks at crowded public spaces as ‘the right thing to do’.
“It is the start for us to adapt to the new normal,”he said.
Kueh added that the wearing of face masks in public would not only control the possibility of further Covid-19 transmission, but it could also prevent other diseases from spreading one person to another.
Thus, he hoped that the relevant authorities would ensure sufficient supply of face masks in the market and make them more affordable, especially for those in the low-income group.
A quick check at several tourist hotspots along Jalan Padungan here yesterday found that the majority of people seemed to be adhering to the mandatory use of face masks, despite the smaller crowd size due to fear of the pandemic.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob had said that anyone caught flouting the mandatory use of face masks would be charged under Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988, and slapped with a RM1,000 compound.