Give students reusable face masks, MPs urge govt

Gopeng MP Dr Lee Boon Chye says distributing reusable face masks through schools would solve any logistical problems.

KUALA LUMPUR: Two MPs from PKR today urged Putrajaya to distribute reusable masks to students in preschool, primary and secondary school to help them comply with SOPs.

Gopeng MP Dr Lee Boon Chye and Johor Bahru MP Akmal Nasir said it would cost the government about RM24 million to distribute two reusable face masks each to the 5.4 million students nationwide at an estimated cost of RM2 per mask.

Lee, who is also a former deputy health minister, said this would ease the burden of parents to provide their children with masks, especially given the ruling for the mandatory use of face masks in public from Aug 1 onwards.

“The distributions will help curb the spread of Covid-19 among students, where the probability of asymptomatic infections is far higher compared to adults.

“Education institutions are also a potential source of large infections, as has happened in other countries such as South Korea,” he said in a joint press conference with Akmal at Parliament.

He said distributing the masks through schools would solve logistical problems, adding that these could be given to students at higher learning institutions as well if Putrajaya was able to do so.

Akmal meanwhile said this would improve compliance with SOPs as people would have no excuse not to wear masks.