I am a fellow Singaporean. I love and respect the diversity of different races and religions which makes up the core of our country's unique identity.
I am living at an area with many Chinese neighbours and they would often burn joss paper in the bins allocated at the ground floor. It's a normal routine for them and i have no problems at all. I am living in the 2nd floor by the way.
But during the start of the 7th month, as i reached my block after my journey back home from work, i had noticed a huge gulf of smoke covering the common corridor outside my unit. I was worried for my family and especially the kids, including a toddler in my house.
My neighbours were burning joss paper at a rate of god knows how many pile of papers at one time, producing a thicker than usual smoke that i have never seen before. I had approached the neighbour who's bin is producing the smoke to seek their co-operation to minimise the thickness of the smoke, which they happily obliged and have since apologised.
I would like to seek help from my fellow Chinese brothers and sisters, i'm ok with the practice of burning joss papers but please do it a slow rate of a few pieces paper at a time so as to minimise the thickness of the smoke. We the non-Chinese will continue to stay tolerant to your practice if you continue to be considerate when burning joss papers. Good day and Thank you.
Shouldn't the government solve our existing problems first? It would be best if we don't carry the issues of the current decade into the next!