The police will release the details on the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for mandatory mask use, amid confusion surrounding the issue.

According to Deputy Inspector-General of Police Mazlan Mansor, the police are in the midst of finalising the guidelines and SOPs for the mandatory mask directive, which came into effect on August 1.

"The SOP we are drawing up will be used as a guideline to define the new regulations in detail. At the moment, we are using a lenient and case-to-case basis approach with regards to issuing compounds, which are at the discretion of the issuing officer.

"Usually, this is weighed by considering the effects the failure to wear a mask could bring to others or a particular surrounding. Soon, we will have this streamlined via the SOP guidelines," the New Straits Times (NST) quoted Mazlan telling a press conference after visiting the Petaling Jaya police headquarters yesterday.

There have been much confusion surrounding the mandatory face mask rule, with some motorists not wearing face masks while travelling in private vehicles being issued with fines by the police.

Senior Minister (security cluster) Ismail Sabri Yaakob told a press conference that the police will be cancelling fines issued under such circumstances.

Those who have already paid their fines can claim the payment back from the Ministry of Health, he said.

Yesterday, Bukit Aman also denied a viral video showing the men in stopping motorcyclists on a highway and issuing compounds to them, purportedly for not wearing face masks.

The video was in fact that of an operation against bikers not using the designated motorcycle lanes, in June last year, it had clarified.

The government enforced the mandatory face masks in crowded public spaces and public transportation rule from August 1, following the spike in new COVID-19 cases in the country.

Those who fail to abide by the rule risk a RM1,000 fine.

Malaysia so far has 9,001 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 125 deaths from the diseases.

The global infection and death tally from the virus has surpassed 18.4 million and 697,000, respectively.

Source: NST
Photo source: Malaysiakini, Astro Awani.