We all look forward to reigniting our suffering economy. The rules that have been put in place to prevent a second wave of coronavirus infection, including requiring firms to have a detailed monitoring plan, are great (Strict measures for firms to prevent new wave of virus, May 10).
But while the rules are important, I doubt that the rationale behind them is properly understood.
From my observations, many of the measures are implemented only in form and not in substance.
A case in point is the simple act of taking body temperature.
In some places where I have been to buy essential items - malls, supermarkets and retail outlets - body temperature was not taken, or the readings were erroneous. On some occasions, I was found to have a temperature of 35 deg C and below.
The staff assured me that they would alert their management about the issue. But the situation has not changed in the past weeks.
I can conclude only that either the management is not serious about the checks, or the staff have been trained to provide a generic "body temperature varies" answer as a way to fend off questions or liabilities.
How hard can the act of checking temperature be? If it cannot be done properly, I have little faith that other rules - such as not working when unwell and not gathering in small groups at workplaces - will be adhered to.
Let us not fight this war with blanks, thinking they are bullets.
Tan Wei Ming