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How one greets is up to the individual, says minister

Izah Azahari

Since there are no more restrictions for gatherings, physical greetings such as handshakes are up to an individual’s own assessment.

This was said by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar during yesterday’s weekly press conference on COVID-19.

The minister said handshakes are permissible if the individual wants to, unless they are not feeling well. “We advise people to be mature and responsible as the government does not need to outline do’s and don’ts for every situation,” said Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham.

He added that after two years of the pandemic, everyone should understand how the virus spreads and take the necessary precautions.

He said if a person wants to shake hands, they can do so and use hand sanitiser right after.

“Much like wearing a face mask when outdoor, it is up to the individual’s risk assessment for example, the size of crowd and the individual’s health condition,” said the minister.