Mr Patrick Liew Siow Gian's letter ("Benefits of keeping Singapore clean"; Nov 10) reminds me of a letter I wrote 37 years ago on the same subject ("We need to tidy-up in Singapore"; Jan 27, 1976).
Over the years, Singaporeans have been told to dispose of their litter in trash bins.
But visit the heartland at 6am and you will see cigarette butts, empty drink bottles and cans, and food wrappers at resting areas and bus stops. Yet, by 8am, the environment is clean and tidy - thanks to our foreign cleaners.
Fliers touting anything from tuition centres to air-con servicing - with the advertisers' contact numbers - are still being indiscriminately stuck on bus stops, traffic light posts, lamp-posts, pillars and walls.
The authorities can easily punish these advertisers, and the number caught can be reported in the media on a regular basis.
In my letter, I wrote: "Singapore has to change out of necessity... We Singaporeans are here to live our lives, and surely we need not be deprived of the pleasures and conveniences progress can offer."
Mr Liew expressed a similar desire: "Setting a good example can also inspire our children and others to do their part for the environment."
The same desire has been expressed by other writers from time to time for the good of Singaporeans and Singapore's image as a clean and tidy country.
More stringent action needs to be carried out by the relevant authorities to achieve cleanliness and tidiness.
Shaik Kadir, Reader
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