Unlike the queues of the retail shops selling face masks, Singaporeans barely have any interest in taking the 4 pieces of free masks distributed by the ruling party PAP grassroots leaders. There was no crowd at the community centres and RC centres, and the state media even described it as “uneventful”, reporting that there are more government personnels than residents.
PAP member for Hougang SMC Joel Leong told the state media they are getting very few interested takers:
“We had about 10 to 20 people in the queue in the first hour so we cleared that very fast. It was a very small queue. We haven’t seen a big crowd.”
Each face mask can only be used for a few hours, and the 4 masks issued per household has been slammed by the Singaporean public as a waste of time. The 4 masks issued by the government is part of the 5 million stock reserved for 1.37 million households.
But Singapore’s 5.7 million population require at least 160 million face masks a month.
The Lee Hsien Loong dictatorship refused to acknowledge the severe shortage of face masks, and even threatened to jail Singaporeans who shared news of the shortage. Those who refuse to comply with the POFMA law will be jailed up to 3 years and face a S$100,000 fine.
The Ministry of Health is currently fabricating fake news claiming that Singaporeans will not get the virus in public and that there is no need to wear a face mask “if you think you are not sick”.