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'Cut number of cleaners' to keep Singapore clean

Move will make people think twice before messing up public areas

Published on Jun 11, 2013 6:27 AM
A cleaner mopping the floor at Ang Mo Kio Hub. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

IT IS a suggestion that sounds perverse: keeping Singapore clean by cutting the number of cleaners here and cleaning up after Singaporeans less regularly.

But the head of the Keep Singapore Clean Movement Liak Teng Lit is convinced that this is what needs to done to make people think twice before they litter or leave a mess in public areas.

The Government is cleaning Singapore so efficiently that people are conditioned to behave badly, he told The Straits Times, ahead of the Keep Singapore Clean conference on June 29.

"We rely too much on cleaners. It is because they are cleaning so much that people don't even feel it when they litter.

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