Rubbish problem in Singapore

Jdents that Singaporust another one of those incieans and its inhabitants show the lack of civil consciousness, the root cause of the problem is the years of availability of army of cheap foreign cleaners which resulted in the Singaporeans’ poor mentality of “Why clean ourselves? We have paid for the services?”  Until we have no more cheap labour, the Government will have to launch a big campaign to change people’s attitude to keep their homeland clean for good.

“The Japanese take their snack wrappers, empty bottles and ponchos home to dispose. That is why Tokyo is a fine city without ‘fine’ signs. That is why it is a clean city with no foreign workers….Without foreign workers, Singapore is likely to become a  ‘garbage city’. Cleanliness is a character thing. It shows who you really are.” – Goh Chok Tong


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Why turn beautiful city into garbage dump?

Source: Straits Times JAN 31, 2015
Revellers at last Saturday’s Laneway music festival left behind a mess. — ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

I WAS deeply dismayed to learn of the terrible mess left behind by concertgoers at the Laneway music festival last weekend (“PM reacts to meadow of trash that music fans left behind”; Thursday).

I hope this is not another “festival culture” we practise in Singapore.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s comments are a resounding reminder that our “clean and green” moniker is largely misplaced self-flattery.

For a nation celebrating its golden jubilee, it is an embarrassment that our people continue to display a marked lack of maturity in a behaviour that one would think should be easily shaped by common sense and decency.

In our homes, I reckon that few, if any, of us would consider leaving trash and leftovers strewn across the floor.

Are we turning our beautiful city into a garbage dump with impunity?

To allow our nation to become so unsightly is evidence of our lack of care and concern for our environment. Even worse, it reflects a total contempt for this nation that we call home.

Perhaps it is the simple concept of ownership and responsibility that we are failing to grasp.

If we feel responsible for a piece of rubbish, it is naturally our duty to see that it is disposed of properly. Many of our Asian neighbours do this, so why can’t we?

Some of us continue to perpetuate an irresponsible reliance on cleaners – an often besieged lot (usually elderly or foreign), who already have enough to do without having to pick up every soiled tissue or half-eaten food packet left behind by people who could not care less about them or our shared environment.

Eugene Heng


Posted in Social Ills in Singapore, Ugly Singaporeans

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