NG SUNG NANG: I visisted Japan’s Kyushu island recently and observed a lack of public litter bins, yet there was hardly any rubbish on the streets.
The cleanliness can be attributed to the self-discipline of the Japanese.
In contrast, Singapore’s reputation for cleanliness is a result of the hard work of cleaners.
Also, the people I met in Japan seemed more considerate and friendly than those in other countries, including Singapore.
Drivers there were more willing to give way, and people would not speak loudly or disturb others in public.
Moreover, I experienced excellent service standards there.
I wonder if Singaporeans can ever achieve such levels of graciousness.
This letter was written by Ng Sung Nang.
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