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November 03, 2018 - BBC

The cost of keeping Singapore squeaky clean

The cost of keeping Singapore squeaky clean
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When he introduced the Clean and Green policy, Lee Kuan Yew had loftier goals in mind. It was part of a larger push that included changes to public health laws, the relocation of street vendors into hawker centres, the development of proper sewage systems and disease control measures.

“We have built, we have progressed. But no other hallmark of success will be more distinctive than that of achieving our position as the cleanest and greenest city in South Asia,” he said in 1968.

The aim wasn’t just to make the city more pleasant. A cleaner city, Lee Kuan Yew reasoned, would create a stronger economy.

VA: Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is a sovereign city-state and island country in Southeast Asia. Its territory consists of one main island along with 62 other islets. Since independence, extensive land reclamation has increased its total size by 23%. Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father and first Prime Minister of Singapore who governed for three decades, is credited for transitioning the country from the "third world to first world in a single generation".

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