No need for monetary awards

The proposed initiative to reward those who catch litterbugs has me puzzled as to what kind of society we are working towards ("Get rewarded for catching a litterbug?"; Oct 13).

While the initiative may achieve a clean environment and reward people for doing good for the society and environment, is this the way to go in the long run?

What will then be the motivation to remind others of the importance of keeping our public spaces clean?

Will it be cash or the actual benefits from the clean environment itself?

In order to encourage a society in which everyone looks out for one another, we should do away with monetary rewards and provide some other meaningful platform for recognition - such as a certificate or a badge to promote the anti-littering spirit, with compliments from constituency MPs or National Environment Agency officials.

This should come on top of volunteer programmes to get residents involved in area cleaning, which will bring about more benefits, such as building residents' sense of social responsibility and community spirit.

This is a sustainable solution which may take a while to resonate with residents, but will be meaningful and effective in the long run.

Amir Mirza Johari, 19, Year 3 polytechnic student


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