49 years old, still badly behaved

49 years old, still badly behaved
Ugly: Rubbish left behind at the National Day Parade.

SINGAPORE - After the spectacular show of the National Day Parade came the stupendous clean-up.

After the VIP guests, the cheering crowds and the troupes of performers left the Marina Bay area on Saturday night, a legion of cleaners moved in.

And after all the flag-waving, some of those flags had to be swept into trash bags.

It was a rather sad picture on the first day of Singapore's 50th year as an independent nation.

Even sadder was an act of mischief in Ang Mo Kio.

National flags that had been put up for Singapore's 49th birthday were found damaged yesterday morning.

Town council workers were seen putting up new flags in the HDB estate in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3.

The flag poles had been broken, but there was no damage to the flags themselves, Channel NewsAsia quoted them as saying.

Police said they had classified the case as an act of mischief and were investigating.

This article was first published on August 11, 2014.
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