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Government reviewing punishment for litterbugs: PM Lee

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (second from right) checks out one of the interactive games at the carnival after he officially launches the Clean and Green Campaign 2014 on Oct 26, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (second from right) checks out one of the interactive games at the carnival after he officially launches the Clean and Green Campaign 2014 on Oct 26, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (third from right) at a tree planting ceremony after officially launching the Clean and Green Campaign 2014 on Oct 26, 2013. With him are Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Lim Swee Say (second from right), Ministe
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (third from right) at a tree planting ceremony after officially launching the Clean and Green Campaign 2014 on Oct 26, 2013. With him are Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Lim Swee Say (second from right), Minister for Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan (sixth from right), Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan (fourth from right) and Mayor of the South East District of Singapore Dr Maliki Osman (fifth from right). -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (right) looks at the bottle gardens created during Braddell Heights Eco Workshops after he launches the Clean and Green Campaign 2014 on Oct 26, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (right) looks at the bottle gardens created during Braddell Heights Eco Workshops after he launches the Clean and Green Campaign 2014 on Oct 26, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (centre, in white) receives a flower from one of the environment ambassadors Madam Khong Sow Cheng (in pink) as he tours the carnival after officially launching the Clean and Green Campaign 2014 on Oct 26, 2013. -- ST P
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (centre, in white) receives a flower from one of the environment ambassadors Madam Khong Sow Cheng (in pink) as he tours the carnival after officially launching the Clean and Green Campaign 2014 on Oct 26, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (left) poses for the cameras at the pledge board after he officially launches the Clean and Green Campaign 2014 on Oct 26, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (left) poses for the cameras at the pledge board after he officially launches the Clean and Green Campaign 2014 on Oct 26, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
(From left) Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Lim Swee Say, Minister for Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan and Mayor of the South East District o
(From left) Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Lim Swee Say, Minister for Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan and Mayor of the South East District of Singapore Dr Maliki Osman, officially launch the Clean and Green Campaign 2014 on Oct 26, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

The Government is reviewing penalties against litterbugs, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the launch of the annual Clean and Green Campaign on Saturday.

PM Lee pointed out that while most Singaporeans take pride in their environment and do not litter, there are a minority who litter, dirty tables at hawker centres and even abuse enforcement officers. "We must not condone such bad behaviour, or let it spread," he said.

Details of the review were not available. For now, those caught littering now would still face a composition fine of up to $300.

At the campaign launch at Serangoon Central, Mr Lee also said that Singapore's green plan - the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint - is being updated with new programmes such as building environmentally-friendly hawker centres and reducing carbon emission.

The Prime Minister also presented awards to two community development councils and five constituencies for their efforts to keep their estates clean and green, and appointed six gardening ambassadors to spread the community gardening drive.

The National Environment Agency, which spearheads the annual campaign, singled out 10 individuals as environment champions at the launch. They include a housewife who set up a Facebook account to start a litter-picking drive, a grassroots leader who checks on mosquito breeding,and a marine biologist who tracks the health of seagrasses in Singapore.

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