Are Malaysian police officers targeting car drivers, issuing them fines if they are caught not wearing a face mask while driving?
Find out why people are outraged about this new viral claim, and what the FACTS really are!
Updated @ 2020-07-30 : Added face mask requirements for taxis, e-hailing vehicles, and school buses or vans.
Originally posted @ 2020-07-28
Claim : You’ll Be Fined RM1000 For Not Wearing A Face Mask In Your Car!
This startling warning went viral on social media today, and why not?
It claims that the Malaysian police are issuing RM1,000 fines to car drivers who do not wear a face mask while driving!
Everyone be very careful as Police are now on the rampage concerning Face Mask. My friend together with another passenger just got stopped by a group of young Police guys (3 of them) and were issued with summons of RM 1,000 each because the Police say that if you were travelling alone you can be in the car without mask but if more then 1 person everyone in the car MUST wear mask at all times!
No, There Is NO Fine For Not Wearing Face Mask In Your Car!
At this moment, this is just another Internet hoax.
In the future, the Malaysia government could possibly insist that we all wear face masks in our cars, but at the moment – this is NOT TRUE.
That’s why we intentionally placed a HOAX overlay to the screenshot above, to avoid it from being further shared.
Fact #1 : Compulsory Wearing Of Face Mask Only Starts In August!
On 23 July 2020, Senior Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that the face mask will be mandatory in these public spaces starting 1 August 2020.
- Inside public transportation
- Crowded public spaces
- Areas where social distancing is impossible
Those who flout the mandatory face mask rule will be subject to a fine of up to RM 1,000. However, this new requirement doesn’t start until August 2020.
So it would not be possible for Malaysian police officers to issue fines to anyone not wearing a face mask right now.
Fact #2 : No Requirement To Wear A Face Mask In Your Car
While we will soon be required to wear a face mask in public spaces, there is NO REQUIREMENT to wear a face mask in your own car.
You are only required to wear a face mask inside public transportation, not a private vehicle.
Fact #3 : No One Got Fined For Not Wearing Face Masks Yet
The Malaysian police have been actively warning people against breaking the government’s COVID-19 preventive measures.
They have shared news in mass media and even on social media about the massive fines they issued to those who violated the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Regulations 2020.
Yet there has been no report of the police issuing fines for not wearing a face mask inside a car.
That is partly because face masks are not yet mandatory, and partly because there is no such requirement to wear a face mask inside your own car!
Fact #4 : Face Masks Are Mandatory In School Bus / Van
The Malaysia Transportation Ministry SOP issued on 9 July 2020 makes face masks mandatory in school buses and vans.
Both the driver, as well as the students, must wear a face mask while they are in the school bus / van.
Fact #5 : Face Masks Are Mandatory In Taxi / E-Hailing Vehicle
The Malaysia Transportation Ministry SOP issued on 23 June 2020 makes face masks mandatory in taxis and e-hailing vehicles.
Both the driver, as well as passengers, must wear a face mask while they are in the school bus / van.
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