Inside the mask factory

Nazir Sufari

DAMANYU is a mask manufacturer that employs only locals, in Semenyih, Selangor.

The factory produces three-ply medical grade masks. It opened in July with the aims of giving jobs to Malaysians who had lost theirs during the pandemic, and to educate the people on the need to use good quality face mask.

The small factory has eight workers – all locals who lost their jobs after the movement control order was enforced in March. The size of the workforce may grow in accordance with the demand for its goods.

Its mask is the only to receive the Malaysian Medical Device Authority certificate.

The Health Ministry recommends using three-ply medical masks with a 99% particulate filtration efficiency (PFE). The higher the PFE of a mask, the more particles it filters. If it can filter particles of 0.1 microns, it is likely to be able to filter droplets that are typically much larger, and which may contain Covid-19 virus.
Damanyu can make 4,000 masks an hour. While that isn’t a lot compared to others in the industry, its masks are of better quality.

For now, the masks are only for the local market. They are sold at RM5 for 10 pieces.

According to the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry, more than 100 million masks were made in Malaysia in April to August, about 96% of which were for domestic consumption. – December 27, 2020.

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