Photo of Tharman from Straits Times

Speaking at the annual Clean and Green event, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam complained about Singaporeans being as dirty as 30 years ago and do not take responsibility of their environment:

“After 20 to 30 years, we haven’t improved on many of our habits. Today we rely on 50,000 cleaners. We have community initiatives… but that’s not the way to solve the problem. Singaporeans should be mindful for others.”

However, the PAP Minister omitted the percentage of foreigners from third world countries like China, India and Philippines of 2017 compared to 30 years ago. More than 45% of the population today living in Singapore are foreigners, with many more being new citizens and permanent residents from third world Asian countries. 30 years ago, foreigners population was only a third at 15%.

In Singapore, China nationals are notorious for public spitting, while Indian nationals and Filipinos do not clean up themselves as usually seen in their usual haunts in Chinatown, Little India and Orchard Road.