Desperate times call for desperate measures.
And boy, the government is desperate right now.
Warning rise in cases again
Malaysian Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that the government is mulling the possibility of making wearing of face masks compulsory.
This comes as no surprise as Malaysia's COVID-19 cases hit double digits again and the discovery of several new clusters.
"Details will be announced soon," Muhiyddin said during a live special address on 20 July.
"Although, the cases are low in Malaysian but I'm concerned about the 13 new clusters since the beginning of RMCO.
He also said that he was concerned that the number of COVID-19 cases has reached double digits again.
"This shouldn’t be taken lightly by all of us. I’m sure you do not want the government to impose a lockdown if there is a spike,” he added.
The Prime Minister spent most of the press conference explaining the economic impact of another lockdown, and dishing out advices to the public.
He reminded Malaysians to continue practicing social distancing, wearing masks and remember that we're living in the "new normal".
Concerns over mandatory mask wearing
While many are in support of making the wearing of masks compulsory, some netizens have expressed concerns over the burden it will place on the poor.
Let's hope the government will come up with a scheme to help the poor cope with the cost of wearing a mask everyday if it indeed becomes mandatory.
What do you guys think? Should the government make wearing face masks compulsory?