Malaysia’s condom production pause affecting 20% of worldwide supplies

Shortfall of 100 million condoms during the period
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Malaysia’s Karex Berhad, one of the world’s largest producers of condoms, has paused productions following the movement control order announced by the government.

This has resulted in a decrease in production of approximately 100 million condoms, usually marketed internationally by brands such as Durex or distributed by aid programmes such as the UN Population Fund.

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Goh Miah Kiat, CEO of Karex Anchor.

Although the company has restarted productions on Friday with the permission from the government, the company is still operating with only 50% of its original workforce.

“We are going to see a global shortage of condoms everywhere, which is going to be scary,” he said. “My concern is that for a lot of humanitarian programmes deep down in Africa, the shortage will not just be two weeks or a month. That shortage can run into months.” Chief Executive Goh Miah Kiat said.

Wilfred Tan
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