KANGAR, April 6 — A tailor here utilised his free time during the current nationwide Movement Control Order (MCO) by sewing and distributing handmade fabric face mask as a gesture of goodwill.
Ng Teck Gen, 48, who runs Oz Home sewing and embroidery boutique, said he distributed free face mask made from leftover fabrics to those in need because he knew that not everyone could afford it.
“The idea came about when we ran out of our face mask stock. So I asked my workers to sew some face masks for our own use and our customers.
“Then, when I thought about those who can’t afford (to buy face mask), I decided to give it out for free,” he told Bernama when met here today.
On its material, he only uses high quality and good leftover fabric to create a neat mask.
“I believe, if you want to donate something, we should give out good and nice thing, thus, I only use good and clean leftover pieces of high-quality fabric,” he said.
He said his creation is a 4-ply face mask with a layer of white thermal bond fabric and a layer of non-woven fabric as the inside filter.
Ng said they took about 10 to 15 minutes to finish one piece of face mask from the cutting process, layering the cloth and then sewing it complete with the straps.
He also placed a special label of ‘Oz Home Signature’ on each piece to prevent any second party from selling it as it was supposed to be given away for free.
So far he had distributed about 800 pieces of handmade face masks through several NGOs in Perlis.