21 Aug '11, 2am

NEA sees spike in number of complaints against joss paper burning

NEA sees spike in number of complaints against joss paper burning

Every year at this time, town councils and the National Environment Agency (NEA) see a spike in one type of complaint: against the practice of burning incense paper. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSO CHAN By Melissa Pang Every year at this time, town councils and the National Environment Agency (NEA) see a spike in one type of complaint: against the practice of burning incense paper. Figures from the NEA show that in 2009, there was a monthly average of 55 feedback cases on the indiscriminate burning of joss paper. But in August and September of the same year, during the Hungry Ghost Festival period, the number of complaints almost doubled to about 102 on average. The agency declined to reveal the amount of feedback it received on this issue last year. Earlier this month, a 52-year-old man suffered a heart attack after a scuffle with neighbours who were unhappy that he was burning jos...

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