Penang minister got balls, ban plastic bags from 1st Jan for better environment & citizens. S'pore is too $$ minded, scare lose ConsumerS (note media don't call as CitizenS) Many people are consumers-eat, eat, use, use, throw, throw, divorce, divorce. Can shop for new item/spouse again. GDP up & up as the govt likes to tout as if it is the end all be all indicator of life.
Even in Jusco at Bukit Indah in Johor, Msia they already have no plastic day every Sat which is a high shopper volume day compared to a weekday in S'pore.
They don't refer as Citizen Spending nor Citizen Confidence Level. What is the difference between consumers & citizens? Go figure.