MPs get hands dirty nabbing litterbugs

MPs get hands dirty nabbing litterbugs

Two Members of Parliament have been pounding the ground at their wards for a different kind of grassroots work, as part of a push to stop high-rise littering.

Ms Tin Pei Ling (Marine Parade GRC) and Mr Baey Yam Keng (Tampines GRC) picked up a used sanitary pad and soiled diapers in their respective wards recently, and have been trying to hunt down the culprits.

On Friday, Ms Tin said in a Facebook post that she decided to spend some time visiting several units at Block 31 in Macpherson Road, just above where the sanitary pad landed last Friday.

"As this was not the first such incident at this particular block and the pad was relatively 'fresh', my Residents' Committee manager, constituency director and I decided to visit the seven units," she wrote.

"Acting against high-rise littering, or just littering, is not a 'glamorous' part of the job (of an MP), but it is certainly important. It requires constant supervision, and the preparedness to confront the perpetrators."

Mr Baey, meanwhile, was spurred to act after he saw a bunched-up diaper lying on a grass patch between the block where he conducts his weekly Meet-the-People sessions, and the adjacent multistorey carpark.

Every Monday for six months, he spotted a used diaper there. Two weeks ago, armed with the diaper, he visited the 11 units in Block 444 Tampines Street 42 that had windows facing the side where the trash was found.

"They all said they weren't the ones who did it, and those with babies at home even showed me the diapers they are using to prove they are not the ones," he told The Straits Times on Friday.

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