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Daryl Chin
Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014

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Nee Soon gets low-emission joss paper burners

The Straits Times | Daryl Chin | Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014

During this month of the hungry ghost, relatives burns incense, earthly wealth, materials and goods in a form of paper for their departed love ones.

Nee Soon residents will find it easier to breathe this coming Hungry Ghost Month, with the introduction of a new type of joss paper burner throughout their estate.

The 300 stainless steel burners are said to produce half the smoke and just 3 per cent of the ash compared with the traditional red metal burners; through better air circulation within the bin and a more complete combustion process.

The burners were unveiled by the chairman of Nee Soon Town Council and Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Transport Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim yesterday morning near Chong Pang Market, where he launched a two-year gracious living campaign.

Associate Professor Faishal said graciousness played an important role in a harmonious society, and is vital to a town that is growing with new residents from upcoming Build-To-Order flats.

So the new burners would help keep the smoke, and possibly, frayed nerves in check.

They also have other advantages, and can help in the fight against dengue since there are less places in them for water to collect. A typical red burner costs about $50, and lasts about six months given its rate of corrosion.

The new ones, at $200, are expected to last two years.

Two other products were also introduced yesterday - boxes will be placed at every door to collect flyers, and feedback boxes will be installed at every void deck for suggestions from less tech-savvy older residents.


This article was first published on July 13, 2014.
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