Coming clean about being a 'cleaned' city, Singapore cannot continue to rely on cleaners indefinitely

Singapore cannot continue to rely on cleaners indefinitely. We need to pick up after ourselves. It's time to bring back the courtesy campaign to reinforce consideration for one another.

The familiar refrain that Singapore is not a clean city but a "cleaned" one appears borne out by the findings of the Public Cleanliness Satisfaction Survey commissioned last year by the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources.

Even though a good 94 per cent of the 2,000 people polled thought Singapore was a clean city, and about half thought that it was an improvement from five years ago, a whopping 85 per cent of the respondents attributed the state of cleanliness to the efficiency of our cleaning services.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 23, 2018, with the headline 'Coming clean about being a 'cleaned' city'. Subscribe