Singapore becoming a 'garbage city': ESM Goh Chok Tong

Singapore becoming a 'garbage city': ESM Goh Chok Tong
The scene at Meadows by the Bay after 13,000 festival goers attended the Laneway music festival over the weekend.

SINGAPORE - Just one day after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called on Singaporeans to do their part to make Singapore a truly clean city instead of a "cleaned city", Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong has taken to Facebook to do the same.

In his post, Mr Goh compared Tokyo to Singapore, noting that "Tokyo has no rubbish bins in public places. Yet there is no rubbish there."

He added: "Without foreign workers, Singapore is likely to become a 'garbage city'. Cleanliness is a character thing. It shows who you really are."

On Wednesday, PM Lee singled out litterbugs who attended a music festival on Saturday and left the venue strewn with plastic bags and other rubbish.

In a Facebook post, Mr Lee put up a photograph of the Meadow at Gardens by the Bay, which was covered with litter after some 13,000 people attended the 2015 Laneway Music Festival over the weekend.

He contrasted this behaviour with that of Myanmar's football fans, who were seen picking up litter at the National Stadium even after their team lost to Singapore during the AFF Suzuki Cup in November.

"It takes continuous effort to keep Singapore clean. We need to progress from being a cleaned city to a truly clean city," wrote Mr Lee.

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