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PAP MP Foo Mee Har’s face shield drive sparks controversy

Several people had an issue with this, as they felt that donning a face shield without a face mask would be ineffective at preventing the spread of droplets potentially carrying the

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People’s Action Party () Member of Parliament (MP) for recently participated in a distribution initiative for market stall holders, which  sparked quite the controversy among netizens as many found an issue with encouraging to don a face shield without a . Some argued that is useless in preventing the spread of .

Ms Foo on Saturday (May 23) partnered with the Teban Market Merchant Association to hand out face shields to in the area. Collecting feedback from around the market, she shared, “Many…feel this is far more comfortable to work in as compared to face masks. Besides a more breathable option, some feel that this is actually safer as they will need to touch their face less often to adjust their mask as they work hard at the stall.”

Face Shields for Teban Market StallholdersJoined Teban Market Merchant Association to distribute face shields to stall…

Posted by Foo Mee Har on Friday, May 22, 2020

Aside from this, Ms Foo also shared that after receiving inquiries regarding the safety measures which require food handlers to wear personal protective gear, she cited the advisory of the Singapore Food Agency (SFA). “I referred them to (SFA’s) advisory, which indicates that food handlers and F&B employees can wear disposable or reusable masks or a face shield, when they operate at their premises,” she wrote.

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A handful of netizens, however, had an issue with this, as many found donning a face shield without a face mask ineffective at preventing the spread of droplets potentially carrying the Covid-19 . “ totally defeats the purpose of minimizing the spread of the virus,” wrote one Facebook user.

Wear (a) face shield, no need to wear (a) face mask–what logic is this?” wrote another.

Others, however, wondered if Ms Foo was breaking Circuit Breaker measures by participating in this “non-essential activity.”

Photo: screengrab from Facebook comments / Foo Mee Har

Photo: screengrab from Facebook comments / Foo Mee Har

Photo: screengrab from Facebook comments / Foo Mee Har

Photo: screengrab from Facebook comments / Foo Mee Har

Photo: screengrab from Facebook comments / Foo Mee Har

Photo: screengrab from Facebook comments / Foo Mee Har

Photo: screengrab from Facebook comments / Foo Mee Har

Photo: screengrab from Facebook comments / Foo Mee Har

Photo: screengrab from Facebook comments / Foo Mee Har

Photo: screengrab from Facebook comments / Foo Mee Har

Photo: screengrab from Facebook comments / Foo Mee Har

 

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