Implementation of face mask ruling should apply to all

By S. Harrish

NETIZENS have questioned the enforcement of the face mask ruling as it seems to be selective.

This comes after a teenager was shown on TV3 being fined RM1,000 by the police for pulling down his mask while waiting for a train.

Netizens are saying that politicians seem to get away with it despite photos that show they did not comply with the ruling.

Malaysiakini reports a Twitter user “AFK” asking:  “Police, are you serious? Are you not sympathetic towards this boy? He is still studying, whereas you do not fine ministers who do not wear masks or social distance, as shown on TV3.

“Does the minister title give them a free ticket out of a summons?” questioned in response to the video.

Another netizen posted several pictures of International Trade and Industries Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali attending public events without wearing a face mask.

The Twitter user with the handle “Nontoxic” urged the police to take action against the minister in the pictures.

“Do not act like you did not see it, there are pictures and dates as well,” the user said.

Others pointed out that Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob had previously said wearing face masks is only compulsory at “crowded public places”.

However, he said although the wearing of face masks in wide spaces is not compulsory, it is encouraged.

In TV3’s interview, the teenager, who was seen crying after being handed the compound, said he had pulled down his face mask temporarily as it was itchy.

There has been confusion over what constitutes “crowded public places” since the ruling came into force on Aug 1.