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By Ling Hui
KUCHING, April 9: As long as it does not burden consumers, the mandatory Sirim certification for face masks is a good thing, says Kuching South City Council (MBKS) mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng.
He opined that the Sirim certification is a form of quality control and would benefit the people in general.
“I hope that it does not incur price increases of face masks. And secondly, the more straightforward the procedure to apply for certification, the better. Transparency is important.
“If there are any additional costs related to the certification, the consequences will eventually go to the consumers.
“This is just my personal opinion on the matter. I do not side with anybody,” he said during his weekly ShallWeeTalk Facebook live session today.
On April 5, the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs announced that importers of non-medical face masks must apply for MS Sirim certification and labelling from Sirim QAS International Sdn Bhd effective July 4.
Two days later, on April 7, Minister Dato Sri Alexander Nanta Linggi announced the postponement of the implementation of the mandatory MS Sirim certification and labelling to January 1, 2023.
He said the decision was made based on public feedback. — DayakDaily