I applaud the move to empower the police to compel flat dwellers to reveal the names of suspected litterbugs and to raise the maximum fines of first-time and repeat offenders ("Police get more powers to flush out suspected litterbugs"; last Tuesday).
Recently, I had to pick up a cigarette butt (at least the third time in several months) from my kitchen floor. Fortunately, there were no flammable items nearby.
I alerted the town council, which referred me to the National Environment Agency (NEA). The NEA is conducting surveillance to nab the culprit.
Residents may be fearful of repercussions in naming litterbugs. If they can be assured of anonymity, perhaps more will come forth with information.
Soh Swee Kiat
Get a copy of The Straits Times or go to straitstimes.com for more stories.