Are We Pigging Out?

April 24, 2007 Blog 20 comments

Grrr…. I just realise that my home has been downgraded lately – from a HDB flat to a pig sty! Obviously, we need a lot more public education efforts to support the recent Earth Day celebrations and Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB) campaigns.

Our problem of littering isn’t fresh news. In fact, it has been happening all this while. The reason why our island still remained clean and green is largely due to the huge army of contract cleaners and waste management workers that we employ. Without them, I shudder to think what state of decay and filth we will end up with.

I took the following photographs a couple of days ago to show you what I mean, and I didn’t even have to travel far from my flat.
The first unsightly piece of rubbish comes in a box, complete with plastic packaging on a ledge.

When I stepped into the lift, I was greeted by pieces of strewn tissue papers, cigarette butts, and flyers. Believe it or not, this is a DAILY affair.

At the ground level, I spotted somebody’s newspaper on the ledge, together with a bunch of flyers and brochures.

The situation isn’t any better at the letter box area. In fact, this is often the dirtiest zone, with junk mail strewn on the floor by inconsiderate residents.

Even the carpark area was not spared. Here a crushed plastic cup bore witness to the uncivil acts of man.

Needless to say, the corridors had a “paper trail” for wannabe detectives keen to track down and hunt their quarry.

Things got so desperate that some of my neighbours have put up their own posters. Unfortunately, they ended up on the floor as litter themselves!

Is there something that we can do together to stop these selfish acts? How can we preserve our environment when others seem hell bent on destroying it? Any ideas?

By Walter
Founder of Cooler Insights, I am a geek marketer with almost 24 years of senior management experience in marketing, public relations and strategic planning. Since becoming an entrepreneur 5 years ago, my team and I have helped 58 companies and over 2,200 trainees in digital marketing, focusing on content, social media and brand storytelling.


  1. WOW!

    The last picture about the dog, yeah that looks REALLY desperate! Why don’t you move somewhere? That place really looks like a pig sty!

    Make sure u don’t turn into a pig! Hehee!

    Hey want to ex-change link? Ur entries are all so interesting I must visit here often!

  2. Wow, I guess this goes the same to every HDB flat cos mine is as bad as yours.
    Maybe all bloggers reading this now should take photos of our own HDB flat and see what need to improve. I will try to do so this week.

  3. Fwah..your place also got infested with dirty people too eh? Mine too but I must give credit to our cleaners..they are real good and I agree that we are being spoilt by them.

    We always get the usual response from them like “If we were to keep clean, these cleaners will be out of a job”..absolutely selfish statement I must say…they actually traded their moral values for that.

    I would still say fine fine fine..but that is about all you can go…I mean there are bins all around, just take that extra few steps and throw them..but noooo..they dun want…sigh~

    Of course like you said..public education..but that will take quite a while..all we need to do now is to wait for the next generation to act upon it…hope it works ~cross fingers~

    We need more people like you man Walter…eh..wanna join us? 😛

  4. natasshea and victor, yeah i know that my home looks like an environmental disaster. Well at least we try to do what we can and not pollute it further. As for shifting to a condominium or private house, well, maybe I will share why I am not doing so. 😉

  5. tigerfish,

    You are right about the ugly side of Singaporeans. In fact, other than littering, my other pet peeve is inconsiderate drivers and “nose-in-the-air” neighbours.

  6. jason,

    I know what you mean and exactly what you are experiencing too, especially since your work depends on it! Part of the problem like I identified is the issue of maids picking up after our kids. In fact, I often see kids and teenagers litter, and not just the uncles and aunties who drink beer, spit and utter vulgarities at the coffee shop.

    The worst culprits are the toy dog squad. They bring their cute little pooches downstairs to the common corridors for a pee or something more gross, and expect you to side step them like a kung fu master.

  7. Hey cool insider! Thanks for linking me! I’ve already linked you too! :o)

    Oh I will be waiting eagerly to read what is/are your reason(s) for not moving out!

    Must be some reason knowing that such huge mess still not able to push you to move out!


  8. This is probably the common characteristics of most HDB flats. My area shared most similarities as yours and even motorbikes and cars are “littered” at the void decks.

    What I hate most is the usual rubbish dumped in the lift! To the authority, as long as the TC employed cleaners to clear up early in the morning, it’s considered a job done.

  9. natasshea,

    Actually I love my estate for its greenery, proximity to Mount Faber and Sentosa, plus a short drive or bus ride to town. Its very convenient to get to places and most of the major expressways are just 2 to 3 traffic lights away. I guess the reason why I decided to post this is because of the frustration that I feel when others who live here don’t treat it as home.

  10. chun see,

    Aiyo…. Sometimes I wish that we can use other means to get people to love each other more. Unfortunately, it seems that only draconian measures (stick instead of carrot) works.

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