10 Weird Laws in Singapore You Should Know Before You Go
“The Fine City”
The nickname for Singapore, “The Fine City”, has double meaning. In order to maintain the “public order” and to protect the “fine state” of Singapore, the Government has imposed a multitude of strict laws and hefty fines.
Don’t risk being fined or worst, caned and jailed in Singapore. Besides the usual “No Smoking” or “No Littering” signs, and besides the unusual “No Jumping”, “No Riding”, “No Running”, “No Heel Shoes” and “No Umbrellas” signs – there are also weird laws in Singapore that you should be aware of.
1. No chewing gum
The sale and importing of chewing gum is illegal in Singapore.
2. Flush the toilet after use or you can get fined
And don’t even think to pee in the elevator!
3. Same sex relations are forbidden
Time in jail: two years.
4. Don’t look suspicious in the metro
And don’t take photos either….
5. You will get caned for vandalism
A rattan cane is used. The blows are applied with the full force of the jailer’s arm on the offender’s bare buttocks.
6. Don’t walk around your house naked
If you are seen, you risk a fine or even jail term, under Singapore’s pornography law.
7. Suicide is illegal
If you survive a suicide attempt, you will be jailed or fined.
8. No cuddling or touching in public
Handshakes and hugs are OK.
9. Keep your political or religious comments to yourself
You may get in trouble with the authorities. Keeping peace and harmony in the country is important for the Singapore government.
10. No illegal drugs
Absolutely no illegal drugs, including taking drugs before entering the country.
Highlights of Singapore
- Let’s go to Singapore – introduction to the “Lion City”
- A Touch of the Past: Geylang – the red light district and old shophouses
- Singapore’s Spectacular Architecture – Marina Bay photos
- Cultures of Singapore – the Arab Quarter, China Town and Little India
- Fun Places to Go in Singapore