2023 Election: Face Mask + Should You Dress Properly?! | Technical ARP

Should you wear a face mask and dress properly to vote in the 2023 State and Parliamentary elections for Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu, Penang, Selangor and Negeri Sembilan?!

Take a look at the viral claims and find out what the facts really are!

Allegation : 2023 Election Voters Face Mask + Office Uniform Mandatory!

People are sharing messages claiming that voters must wear face masks and follow a certain dress code in the 2023 State and Parliament elections for Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu, Penang, Selangor and Negeri Sembilan!

Just sharing from another group. 👇

Please wear a mask when going to vote, they can accept this excuse, they cannot enter the voting center without a mask.
So don’t forget to bring your mask with you.
And dress decently. no shorts

It seems mandatory to wear a mask when going to vote.. please inform your contacts. Tomorrow’s election attire must be appropriate. Long pants, shirt and shoes. No shorts, sleeveless t-shirts and slippers. Most non-Malay youth wear this way esp shorts and they may not be allowed… rugi undi.
Just a kind reminder.

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2023 Election: Face Mask + Should You Dress Properly?!

Real : Face Masks or Office Uniforms Are Not Mandatory to Vote in the 2023 Elections!

These are just more examples FAKE NEWS It’s circulating on WhatsApp and here’s why…

Fact 1: Voters Only Need to Dress Appropriately

fake news mistakenly He claimed that in the 2023 elections in Malaysia, people would not be able to wear short pants or slippers.

According to Section 26(1)(g) of the Electoral Offenses Act 1954 (Law 5), voters can wear whatever they want as long as they don’t:

  • the name of any election candidate
  • symbol of any political party

So if you prefer to wear shorts and slippers, just go ahead. Or if you prefer to dress up, more power to you!

It’s not just about comfort. Rain is expected in the 2023 election on August 12, 2023, and it may be impractical for voters to wear formal attire.

Fact 2: Dress Code Photo is For Government Offices Only

The photos that people keep sharing (below is just one example) belong to the dress code of government offices in Malaysia. If you want to enter a government office, you only need to follow this dress code.

This is the government office dress code NEGATIVE Apply to polling stations for the 2023 State and Parliamentary elections in Malaysia. You DO NOT HAVE to follow this dress code to vote in Malaysia!

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Fact 3: Mask Not Mandatory to Vote

While it is highly recommended to wear a face mask, you will not be turned down from voting if you do not have a face mask.

The World Health Organization announced on May 1, 2023 that COVID-19 is no longer a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Following this, Malaysia relaxed its COVID-19 guidelines on 5 July:

  • Wearing masks in public transport and hospitals is no longer mandatory.
  • Only people who are positive for COVID-19 and healthcare workers who adhere to infection control practices in healthcare facilities are required to wear a face mask.
  • The quarantine for COVID-19 positive cases has also been reduced from seven days to just five days from the onset of the first symptoms.

The use of face masks by high-risk people is also highly encouraged in crowded areas and places with poor air circulation.
– Malaysian Minister of Health, Dr. Zaliha Mustafa

On 11 August 2023, the Malaysian Election Commission (SPR) also released a detailed statement outlining the electoral process. No mention was made of the need for face masks to vote.

In fact, even in the 15th General Elections of November 2022, face masks are NOT needed!

At that time, wearing a face mask was mandatory only for COVID-19 positive voters! The SPR strongly encouraged voting to only wear one, but it was NOT a requirement.

Fact 4: SPR Denied Dress Code Claims

During the previous 15th General Elections, the Election Commission of Malaysia (SPR) issued a statement rebutting this allegation of office dress code and the infographic below.

SPR also made it clear that the government office dress code DOES NOT apply at any polling station.

Voters do not have to dress in government office attire at polling stations. The EC has not and will not prevent a voter from entering the polling station as long as the voter is dressed appropriately.

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