Show a little kindness: Civic virtue, civic duty and the law

To foster a kinder society when civic virtue is lacking, the rule of law is needed to make sure citizens carry out their civic duty

Starting this month, the law against littering will be enforced against patrons who do not return their tray at hawker centres.
Starting this month, the law against littering will be enforced against patrons who do not return their tray at hawker centres.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Much has already been written about this year's National Day Rally speech by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. To me, the message that resonated most is about "everyday heroes", good neighbourliness and the kampong spirit.

Towards the end of his speech, PM Lee said: "But our greatest strength is our people - united and resilient, steadfast and resourceful, in good times and bad. During Covid-19, we stepped up in so many ways to support one another, making hand sanitisers, sewing face masks, delivering food to the quarantined, refurbishing laptops for disadvantaged kids, caring for migrant workers, vaccinating the elderly or showing a little extra kindness to one another, starting young."

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