Make sure the face mask of the craft entrepreneur meets the specifications of SIRIM – Nancy

Make sure the face mask of the craft entrepreneur meets the specifications of SIRIM – Nancy

Ready guidelines, make sure the face mask of the craft entrepreneur meets the specifications of SIRIM – Nancy

SEPANG: The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) has asked the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) to provide a guideline to ensure that patterned fabric face masks produced by craft entrepreneurs meet SIRIM specifications.

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said MOTAC’s initiative when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country in 2020 which required individuals to wear face masks was to encourage craft entrepreneurs involving single mothers and B40s to sew cloth face masks that complied with World Health Organization (WHO) standards. ).

“We will get further confirmation from KPDNHEP to help us provide guidance to craft entrepreneurs. We cannot sit still because craft entrepreneurs are our community and need help.

“If the SIRIM certificate is still needed, we ask KPDNHEP to provide guidance to help craft entrepreneurs who produce batik -patterned fabric face masks,” he said after officiating KUL Art Airport here on Saturday.

On April 5, KPDNHEP in a statement informed that the Trade Description (Certification and Marking) of Non -Medical Face Masks Order 2022 under the Trade Descriptions Act 2011 was gazetted, with manufacturers and importers of non -medical face masks having to apply for MS SIRIM certification and marking from SIRIM QAS International Pte Ltd.

The order, which was supposed to take effect on July 4, however, has been postponed by KPDNHEP to Jan 1, 2023 to allow the industry and consumers to make adjustments.

In the meantime, Nancy said KUL Art Airport is an initiative of the National Art Gallery in collaboration with Malaysia Airports supported by MOTAC through an allocation of almost RM600,000 in promoting the uniqueness of local artwork, apart from being an attraction at the country’s entrance.

According to him, the work was displayed at four international airport locations, namely Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Penang International Airport (PIA), Kuching International Airport (KIA) and Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA).

“In tourism, if there is no attraction then no one will come. Arts and culture are inclusively involved in the tourism element. The cultural customs will attract people’s interest and be made into stories to share.

“It is translated into art and displayed to be used as material for Malaysian tourism products that will be told and shared through social media to attract people’s interest,” he said.

He said the initiative was also in line with the 2nd Strategy of MOTAC’s Strategic Plan 2021-2025 which emphasized on digital transformation in adapting to new norms and in line with the 8th Strategy to produce knowledgeable, skilled, creative and innovative human capital in the tourism sector. arts and culture.

KUL Art Airport featured four works, namely at KLIA a work entitled ‘Polyhedron’ produced by the late Noah Iskandar Fuad in collaboration with UCSI University and ZLG Design while at PIA involving artists Sumay Cheah and Ho Lay Hoon from OtherHalf with a work entitled ‘Oh! Budaya’.

Also at KIA, the artworks by the Aftermath Thinker Art Collective titled ‘Reciting Hope’ and at KKIA the mural painting ‘The Nature Mind of Landscape’ by Kenji Chai are exhibited at the entrance of the release hall.

Meanwhile, when asked about the number of travelers since the border gates opened on April 1, Nancy said a total of 252,730 travelers had been recorded until April 4 and the latest data was still being updated by the Immigration Department.

On the incident of four missing foreign divers in Mersing, Johor, he said it should be a lesson to entrepreneurs involved in tourism activities to improve weaknesses and be responsible in maintaining the safety of every tourist.


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