It is indeed a shame that many people in Singapore do not have the habit of picking up their own litter, especially at public events ("PM reacts to meadow of trash that music fans left behind"; Thursday).
As we are celebrating SG50 and will be hosting the SEA Games in June, we should try to address this issue, especially during the Games. I dread to imagine the sight of heaps of rubbish left behind at the various sports venues each day.
Instead of showcasing Singapore to the world, making it a memorable celebration of our 50th birthday, it will be a slap in our face.
I hope the SEA Games organisers will work with the Public Hygiene Council to explore ways to educate, encourage and remind people to pick up after themselves at the events, so we can truly say we are a developed and civilised society.
Quek Hong Choon
This article was first published on January 31, 2015.
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