SINGAPORE — An online user took to Facebook on Monday (Jan. 23) to share a video of four people burning things in an open trash can at Blk 667 CCK Crescent. Traditionally, burning offerings in fire vessels is a Chinese custom.
However, the resident who uploaded the video complained about the ash flying from the group’s actions. “For this group of guys…be considerate. Use the supplied eco burner. Ash floats and spreads all the way to units! read his message.
However, in response to the video, commentators are divided on the matter. On the one hand, there were those who joined in calling out the group’s actions.
“People like us and my kids who have asthma and have a respiratory infection, how?” wrote one commenter. “(Should we also) put up with it and put up with it? The worst part is that my neighbor doesn’t even bother going down and just sets it on fire right outside the door… what should I do?”
Another shifted the blame elsewhere, saying: “You shouldn’t burn in open bins. It is (the) fault of the municipality that they have placed these bins. Report to TC and have them replaced.
Yet another wrote, “They move the trash for convenience…they don’t want to get sunburnt…might as well carry the trash inside…they don’t care about the discomfort of others.”
However, other netizens saw no problem with the group’s actions, especially considering that they only seemed to be doing the Chinese New Year tradition.
“The wind was blowing (in) another direction and not towards your unit,” said one, while another wrote, “They did nothing wrong.”
Some even said that the netizen could just close his window.
One of them gave this advice: “Well… I used to have fires like this in my neighborhood. However, I just close my windows and door while I stay (on a lower floor). Just respect their practices and be nice to everyone.”
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