Liberal Party leader Felix Chung on Friday accused the government of being “irresponsible” for leaving the city with a shortage of surgical masks amid the outbreak of a new coronavirus on the mainland.
Speaking on an RTHK programme, Chung said the administration should learn from its counterparts in Singapore and Macau, and become the centralised body responsible for distributing masks.
“The government has to improve the transparency and information they have. The government should centralise all the resources. It’s not just leaving the business sector to do it. This is not responsible at this serious critical moment,” the pro-establishment lawmaker said.
Chung, who represents the textiles and garment sector, told RTHK’s Candice Wong that he was liaising with Polytechnic University and local factories to produce a new type of reusable, anti-bacterial mask.
He said this anti-bacteria material is already used in sportswear and it can be reused after it is washed. The lawmaker said Polytechnic University has already got all the required certificates over its effectiveness.
Cheung said as many as 10,000 such masks could be produced in ten days and the first batch would be distributed to the elderly and vulnerable groups.
But in a statement, the university denied the material can prevent coronavirus.
The university clarified that the material could only be used to prevent bacteria and moulds, and it’s not proven that it could prevent viruses.
The university said the material was developed to be used only for home products, such as bed sheets, but not face masks.
Last updated: 2020-01-31 HKT 17:10