Singapore should produce its own masks

Foxconn, the maker of Apple’s iPhone and other consumer electronics products, is taking the unusual step to produce surgical masks, which is not its core business.

Foxconn has about one million workers in mainland China. It argues that the masks are needed to protect its workers as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus. They cannot depend on other mask suppliers to resolve the shortage.

Foxconn expects to produce two million masks a day by the end of the month. If they have excess capacity, they plan to export or sell them to the domestic market.

US carmaker General Motors is doing the same. Its Chinese joint venture SAIC-GM-Wuling announced that it will put up 14 automated lines with the goal of making 1.7 million masks a day.

If these private companies can produce surgical masks with the aim of protecting their workers, shouldn’t we as a nation do the same to protect our citizens?

We should not think whether the production of these surgical masks would be a viable business but instead consider it a national health safety issue.

 

Kong David

 

 

 

 

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35 Responses to “Singapore should produce its own masks”

  • factotum:

    Tell it to Chartered Industries or whatever they’re now called!

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  • Sg has only light industry:

    Singapore has only very light industry, e.g., repacking masks or issuing pofma, lawyer and other threatening letters, or delivering food and people.

    There is no capability to produce masks.

    Why didn’t our far thinking “leaders” plan for this? They thought 5 million thin masks is good enough for 6.9 million population. Sigh.

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  • Harder Truths:

    If it does not profit the leeders they will not do it. They will give you hundreds of excuses but not one good reason.

    They will possibly say it takes 1 million man-hours to make one mask or that Milo gives free masks. Even if they do (decide to make it) they will sell it to you at an exorbitant price – as this is an ‘income opportunity’.

    Make no mistake – people who think this government cares for the citizen will end up with nothing.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    “…. instead consider it a national health safety issue.”

    In PAP country, it is “you die your business”.

    Didn’t you notice, in this COVID-19 situation, PM is talking about economy, recession and other Ministers are all out searching for anything to POFMA.

    See any minister talking about how to stop the spread of the virus? Every day we see more infection. The Health Minister can tell you that the situation would get worse!! I would like to ask him, “THEN, what’re you going to do?”

    Every hour you watch in TV and everywhere else “Wear mask only when you are unwell” to protect other from your sickness! What about protect yourselves from others’ sickness?

    Our PAP’s Ministers don’t even know what’s the priority now!! Switched to AUTOPILOT!

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  • N.Jungne:

    PA will produce “a million” roti Prata, a day.

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  • Be worthy:

    What’s Total defence are we talking about?

    So what with acquiring $b toy planes?

    Mega haze, some new Corolla virus, catastrophic disasters… will plunge Sinkapoor into paralysis

    Survival kits like masks cannot ownself produce ownself.

    Have miws consider and plan for these possible scenarios?

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  • John Richards:

    Seriously, where are the masks? If I had to hazard a guess I’d say they’re probably being distributed to all government linked companies and institutions.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Brings me back to the time of the AIDS virus going viral…

    Rubber Glove was so HOT!!! traders Airfreight by Containers to keep up with the pace of DEMAND…Glove makers like Hansel were making a killing and glove factory was sprouting all over especially India …China was then NOT in the Loop…

    Fast forward those who made a killing went laughing to the Bank with some investors in Glove factories licking their wounds…

    Let this Virus takes it course…it is Nature’s way of Eliminating an overcrowded WORLD without having to resort to Abortion LEEgal or otherwise which is MURDER most Foul

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  • SG has not learnt:

    SG knew since day 1 how dependent on other country it is to just survive.

    That was 53years ago. And today we still are crippling dependent on others to stay alive.

    Sovereignty ?

    Lawyers can say yes and they can say no. So that’s like talking cock. English allows talking cock.

    Mee Siam mai hum.
    I will get up if I hear something wrong.
    That’s bullshit yet it was uttered by egoistic people.

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    Do not give PAP ideas. They will fund by a new “mask tax”.

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  • Ever wonder:

    Ever wonder why foxconn dont produce in taiwan instead? Taiwan still have more land than sg.

    Not cost effective.
    What is China operator salary ?

    Very disappointed in some of the 30% supporters here who’s not living consciously, not even aware of reality.

    Jialat! With people like david kong 30% may become 25% or 20%.

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  • Local production please:

    May be good to have local Hi-Tech production of surgical masks and critical PPE to provide a base quantity in time of emergency like now.
    It is easier to ramp up production when the factory is already running here.
    The government should provide some support to make it viable here…

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  • UniQ:

    The gahmen has literally killed the general manufacturing by its dumb plan on moving high tech which could be super competed by anyone having the $$ to acquire more advance machines and lower cost of production, which in irony keep increasing the cost of doing business ?? One can never fathom the logics between needs for local labour livelihood and greed.

    They can never understand basic essential needs and craftmenship manufacturing that could goes for generations, which we could have our own global brands long time ago if they would not have kill these cherished industries.

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  • mike:

    @ Ever wonder

    Have you ever wonder why we spend so much $$$ and effort on simple thing like water when the sky will give you free from time to time?

    Not cost effective also mah.

    How much land cost in singapore to waste it on purpose of water catchment? Where got cost effective? Even new water, cost effective meh?

    And if this does not makes you wonder enuff, would you take flight with an airline that offers you cheapest airfare and best in-flight experience when it crashes its fleet of aeroplanes every two to three years?

    Or, mr wonderman, would you take up the air ticket promotion of less than $30 to Guangdong for free hotel stay of 2 weeks? Now? It should make PERRRR-FECT cost-effective sense isn’t it?

    You god damn sure foxcomm will stay in China how long?

    Ever wonder:
    Ever wonder why foxconn dont produce in taiwan instead? Taiwan still have more land than sg.

    Not cost effective.
    What is China operator salary ?

    Very disappointed in some of the 30% supporters here who’s not living consciously, not even aware of reality.

    Jialat! With people like david kong 30% may become 25% or 20%.

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  • Ever wonder:

    Until her cost is higher than maybe it will move to vietnam or Myanmar or Cambodia or Thai where costs are lower and the employees there can manage .

    Manufacturing is always about cost. I work in one near 20 years, i m dead sure.

    At this moment this situation if mask e.g. N95 is 10x the usual price someone still purchase. But once the virus is over , clearance sale price nobody ( maybe very limited numbers ) interested. Same thing in China after Sars nobody keep masks especially more than 10 years nothing happen plus their mask even cheaper. Way before dec 2019 I also saw locally some N95 masks in open packet throw away at the ground floor metal rubbish collection bins.

    Last year ABC or Value store nearby where i m residing actually sold in advanced of the predicted haze. I happen to pick up 2 boxes . However haze did not realize and subsequently few months down the road the store clear stocks at reduction price, it still did not move or move very very slow. Until Dec suddenly within a week finished.

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  • Ah Leow Bastard Family #06-187:

    Spore everything also import. No wonder the workforce is expendable.

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  • Why SG more infections?:

    Self-praising by state media and rubber stamps is a given.

    But the Hard Truth remains that SG has more infections than HK which I very near China with so many China people entering HK each day than they do in SG.

    Is it there are so many more Chinese in SG than we are told or perceive ?

    Is the authorities doing something wrong despite self-praising having done so many right ?

    These questions are what no Singaporean is capable or smart enough to answer despite their ability to regurgitate.

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  • justanothercitizen:

    Singapore is rich, plenty of reserve. Took Her money and buy into everything that is expensive, rationalizing how to make more money and stash it away. Being rich, She reckon She could buy anything that She needs.
    But alas, She could not buy a simple, humble thing like surgical masks.

    What good is all this wealth creation, at a time like this?
    But She will forget after all this is over. How pathetic!

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  • S$m pap no talent:

    look at gic owned by 70% sheep but chaired by pap clown as if lee private property. any good gic? no good. that is why GST to up to 9%.

    look at temasick owned by 70% sheep but run by pap clown wife as if lee private property. any good temasick? no good. that is why GST to up to 9%.

    all the pap folks in gic and those pap generals who yes sir very well all paid S$m but produced nothing but costs so much so GST instead of reduced or removed is on the up and up.

    all the companies in temasick run by cronies paper generals retired pap ministers pap yesmen pap yeswomen. until today GST is up and up and not down and removed because all these pap cronies all collect ownself pay ownself S$m and nothing else.

    to expect pap folks to produce mask? might as well expect pap folks to send a monkey to the moon. it ain’t going to happen.

    because other than buttering each other about how much they can pay each other via pap pliant parleement approval, NONE in pap today, Ljs or Cbs, is of any good.

    maybe that ceca ah neh as Singapore prime minister or that pinoy pinay as temasick chief can do something good for 70% sheep Singapore such as producing mask. the current bunch of pap Ljs and pap Cbs other than justifying ownself S$m cannot and have not done a single thing right but only can tell lies.

    pap still saying pap stockpile of masks sufficient. 5m masks for 6.9m masks already a misnomer. where got sufficient?

    so expecting pap folks to produce mask is as good as asking them to stop paying each other S$m under pap ownself justify ownself S$m system. it ain’t going to happen.

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  • mike:

    @ Ever wonder

    Thank you for your observations. And i am not saying what you said are wrong.
    Business goes into business is about profits. The wider the gap between cost and sale the better. This is the most basic theory of business. What causes this gap is fundamentally demand and supply.

    On the other hand, is gov = business? It would be naive if we say it is not. The question is how much of a business a gov should be, and how much and how frequently it got to adjust itself for the very basic survival of the nation.

    For many years, this gov allows manufacturing businesses to leave this island in the way that we lost valuable skills and knowledge without the urgency to build our own home grown expertise and industries. This is deadly to our capability and capacity to survive in long term. It is more than just business and returns.

    The politicians had failed their roles when they collect millions of dollars in salary using GDP performances as main KPIs which many times has little direct connection to the commons.

    We have our needs in medical industry by the medical professionals, we have our need in the high tech sector, we have our need in the pharmaceutical manufacturing, we have our need for haze, we have our need for basic personal hygiene. Instead of finding out how we can reduce the operating cost (is it land cost? Is it gov charges on businesses?) of those strategic industries which have long term implications on our survival, or even create our own home grown brands with the expertise and experience we have, are the politicians having an easy time to say “oh… they just left because our workers are too expensive!”

    Think, this gov has been doing nothing working for so long and a virus simply expose all the weaknesses.

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  • Truth:

    Look at how they run the Mrt & NOL…Disasterous! What do you expect frm this SAME group of leeches in this CoronV episode?

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  • no emergency:

    //If these private companies can produce surgical masks with the aim of protecting their workers, shouldn’t we as a nation do the same to protect our citizens?//

    aiyoh. this is after the fact knowledge lar (shortage in this period of emergency) ? when no emergency, production line (excess capacity) may lie idle and close down (out competed ?) due to low demand ?

    and during emergency and if production lines is located in another country, the capacity may be “forcibly reserved” for the host country or export out from host country may be subject to all sorts of tough control / regulations (can be wayang controls / regulations) ????

    as for sinkie land, in order to ensure stock, it must be produced in sinkie land in a high cost & rentier environment ?

    so will the white monkey idiots still want to raise GeeAssTee even though the economy as a whole for average daft sinkies (will be the worst hit people in terms of $$$ power) is not going to be so good ??

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  • Bapak:

    Headless chickens.

    Truth:
    Look at how they run the Mrt & NOL…Disasterous! What do you expect frm this SAME group of leeches in this CoronV episode?

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  • Longan sued entire family:

    SG has no manufacturing capability like China. It’s just selfpraising itself everyday. Brainwashing people especially the retarded many.

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  • tan kin lian is pea brained:

    Longan sued entire family:
    SG has no manufacturing capability like China. It’s just selfpraising itself everyday. Brainwashing people especially the retarded many.

    every pap Lj or pap Cb straight from A levels to Us and then to pap service. none has any real world experience.

    but pap places all these Ljs and Cbs in every nook and cranny in pap Singapore so much so everything pap touches, like everything in pap army, is a cock up.

    to cover up for the lack of true experience, pap plaint parleement approved the ownself pay ownself S$m scheme. because in pap eyese, S$600k pa is peanuts wage for monkeys and S$1m pa is mediocre wage for ordinary humans.

    a serious case of self deception and harmful groupthink.

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  • ahkong:

    All these feedbacks got a point to make ie what is so difficult in acquiring mask making machines and make a million a day for our local consumption. The Charter Industries group can do it.

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  • mike:

    I just saw a news repprting about REMINDING PEOPLE TO PAY G.S.T for bringing in Masks and Sanitizers…

    I am speechless with this country.

    Fxxking speechless i am.

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  • factotum:

    @ahkong

    I think they rather make a million cartridges (a.k.a. bullets) a day for overseas consumption – very much more revenue. Collect more money nothing wrong with that, must maximise profits!

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  • Mr Kia Su cheat to win:

    tan kin lian is pea brained: every pap Lj or pap Cb straight from A levels to Us and then to pap service. none has any real world experience.

    but pap places all these Ljs and Cbs in every nook and cranny in pap Singapore so much so everything pap touches, like everything in pap army, is a cock up.

    to cover up for the lack of true experience, pap plaint parleement approved the ownself pay ownself S$m scheme. because in pap eyese, S$600k pa is peanuts wage for monkeys and S$1m pa is mediocre wage for ordinary humans.

    a serious case of self deception and harmful groupthink.

    With 70% group thinkers, you better prepare an exit plan for retirement.
    The future is bleak. News is state controlled. You cannot access the truth. GDP is audited or not? By who.

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  • Sg ecommerce:

    Singaporeans generally only know how to import from China and sell online. This is e-commerce to them. They are traders and not entrepreneurs.

    This is why it’s a race to the cheapest.
    At the expense of quality.

    One old man said Singaporeans are 3rd world.

    I wonder why.

    So making own masks?
    They will say, no lah , how can. Import fr.china can already. Cheap cheap.

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  • make Mask lah:

    Maybe we can learn from China.
    Set up a mask factory in 6 days to protect our citizen.

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  • Serious trouble ahead:

    With the fast spread of the Covid-19 around the world now, maybe time to get our own Mask making factory up quickly before it is too late.
    Will be more difficult to buy from other countries even if we have the money.

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  • razor help:

    Good to see Razor going to produce mask here to help.
    When it is going to be available?

    I suggest it distribute to all Singapore Families a box per month to help fight this community spread.
    Then all can wear a mask when outside.

    Our local companies should help in the effort, especially GRAB.

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  • Razor help:

    Would have been better if the Razor mask is produced in Singapore.
    Singapore need to produce some masks here in case all countries start to ban the export of Masks.
    Which local company will take up the challenge.GRAB should contribute to the costs…

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  • wear Mask lah:

    Better to wear Masks.
    It will help reduce community spread.
    Better safe than sorry.
    Those countries that has done better in controlling the spreads ask their people to wear masks.

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