Better to continue wearing face masks

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KUCHING: There has been no change in the requirement to wear face masks in public areas, said Kuching City South Council (MBKS) mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng.

Despite being allowed to put the mask on and off depending on one’s surroundings, Wee said it would be better for the people to just put it on all the time when in public area.

“To me, there is no harm in wearing mask.

“It’s troublesome if you are going out and you have to put your mask up. Then when entering your car, you take it off. When going out from your car and you pull it up again.

“You make yourself very busy. Why don’t you just put it on? It won’t cost you. Just think of how it would protect you and the others.

“Who can predict the one next to you is not infected?” he told reporters after officiating at E-Waste Collection Campaign 2022 held at MBKS Community Hall here today.

Wee was commenting on the recent announcement by the Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin to further relax the standard operating procedures (SOPs) next week.

Saying that he pointed out the statement on his own ground and not on behalf of his council, Wee said there is no law saying that one must or must not wear a mask.

He stressed that the people are already getting used to wearing mask.

“To me, it is not the time yet (to relax the SOP on the mandatory mask-wearing),” he said.

As the country is in the transition into endemic, Wee said there is no use to debate whether people should wear a mask or not.

He opined that there are better things to look forward such as assisting those who lost their job during the pandemic and how to help businesses recover.

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