Help Singapore go from 'cleaned city to truly clean city': PM Lee

PM Lee posted two contrasting photos - one of the Meadow at Gardens by the Bay covered in litter after some 13,000 people attended the 2015 Laneway Music Festival over the weekend, and the other of Myanmar fans picking up litter at the National Stadi
PM Lee posted two contrasting photos - one of the Meadow at Gardens by the Bay covered in litter after some 13,000 people attended the 2015 Laneway Music Festival over the weekend, and the other of Myanmar fans picking up litter at the National Stadium last November. -- PHOTO: LEE HSIEN LOONG/FACEBOOK 

SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Wednesday called on Singaporeans to pick up their own litter so that Singapore can progress from being a "cleaned city to a truly clean city".

He singled out litterbugs who attended a music festival last 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 the Gardens by the Bay, which was covered by litter after some 13,000 people attended the 2015 Laneway Music Festival last 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.

 

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"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.

"All of us can play a part - picking up our own litter, educating our children and grandchildren, and reminding others  to do the right thing. Visit the Public Hygiene Council's page to find out how you can help."

Since April 2014, penalties for littering have become twice as harsh.

Offenders face a maximum fine of $2,000 for the first conviction, $4,000 for the second conviction and $10,000 for the third and subsequent convictions.

rachelay@sph.com.sg