PM Lee: Putting social pressure on litterbugs to deal with habit of littering

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says putting social pressure on litterbugs is one way to deal with the habit of littering. 

He was speaking to reporters at the launch of the Clean and Green campaign at Ang Mo Kio. 

Citing countries like Japan and Korea, Mr Lee noted how cleanliness is intrinsic in their nature. 

Mr Lee said the cities are clean and yet there are not as many cleaners or foreign workers as there are in Singapore. 

He said Singaporeans too need to instil a sense of civic consciousness and it's something that needs to start early. 

Mr Lee though did not rule out the possibility of adjusting the penalties for littering. 

He did not elaborate on how the penalties may be adjusted, but said they have to be proportionate to the offence committed. 

Mr Lee said Singapore's anti-littering campaign has existed for a long time. 

Yet, he's noticed the standard of cleanliness going down. 

As part of the Clean and Green campaign, the Ang Mo Kio Town Council will focus on tackling issues relating to cleanliness at common areas, high rise littering, responsible pet ownership and energy saving initiatives.