• One thing that shocked me the most about Singapore despite loving the city/country was their unusual and crazy rules. I have to admit I understand one side of the rules that they have but on the other side some of them baffle me completely. Singapore is known for it’s impeccable cleanliness and low crime rate. The country has such a strong reputation for being safe that the authorities had to put out a warning stating that “low crime does not mean no crime,” reminding people to stay vigilant.

    SINGING
    Any form of singing, reciting or uttering any ballad or obscene song in public is illegal.
    If caught: you could be given 3 months imprisonment, a fine or both.

    CONNECTING TO ANOTHER PERSON’S WIFI
    Attempting to connect another persons wifi without consent is defined as hacking.
    The penalty for this is a hefty S$10,000 fine, 3 years in prison, or both.

    FEEDING THE PIGEONS
    Feeding pigeons might not sound like a criminal offense, but in Singapore it is as it could attract vermin.
    If you’re caught tossing your leftovers to the birds, it will cost you S$500.

    HOMOSEXUALITY 
    Now this is one of the rules that really caught my eye and baffles me beyond compare. They always promote equality yet they are totally against same sex relationships and marriages. They are one of the countries who are miles behind when it comes to sexuality equality and I really think they should change this. Same sex relationships are forbidden in Singapore although this law is not nearly as strictly enforced as some of the other laws. It used to be under the umbrella of sex against the order of nature.
    You could face up to 2 years in prison if caught. 

    FLUSH IT OR COUGH UP 
    Now if you don’t flush the toilet after you’ve been, there must be something seriously wrong with you. It is against the law in Singapore to not flush the toilet in a public toilet. And don’t even think of urinating in elevators. They are equipped with Urine Detection Devices (UDD) that detect the scent of urine, sets off an alarm and closes the doors until the police arrive.
    The penalty for not flushing is S$150.

    SMOKING IN PUBLIC
    Now I think this should be made illegal everywhere so I totally agree with this rule. There is nothing worse than a smoker blowing their smoke in your face or having it blow towards you and it absolutely stinks. In Singapore, there’s a law against smoking in public places and in vehicles. This law was put in place to ensure a clean and healthy environment for the public and protect people from secondhand smoke. Although it’s not illegal to buy cigarettes or smoke in your own home, it is illegal to smoke in public and it’s considered an offense to enter the country with cigarettes.
    The penalty for smoking in public is between S$152 – S$760. 

    WALKING AROUND YOUR HOUSE NAKED
    This one made me laugh rather a lot. If caught you may face pornography charges which can lead to imprisonment or big fines. So close the curtains next time you’re getting ready for shower.
    This rule has a hefty fine of S$1,000

    CHEWING GUM
    Whilst chewing gum is okay, selling it is actually forbidden. I have no idea how you can chew gum in Singapore if it’s illegal to sell it or bring it into the country unless certain shops have been given approval to sell chewing gum. There is an exception for certain gum to be purchased which includes nicotine gum and dental gum. I have also read in places that tourists visiting Singapore are allowed only two packs of chewing gum per person. As you leave the airport there is a ‘chewing gum declaration’ booth in which you have to declare how much chewing gum you have on you.
    The penalty is 2 years in prison or a $100,000 fine.

    SMUGGLING DRUGS
    One rule came up on the back of the immigration card in Singapore and that was for smuggling drugs.It is important to note that the Singaporean authority does not distinguish between drugs taken back home before you entered the country, and those taken within their borders. The Singapore police is authorized to run a random drug test on both locals and visiting foreigners. Make sure you are cleared of any substance before entering the country, or even better, never consume! The penalty is very morbid but understandable.
    The penalty for smuggling drugs is the death penalty.

    COMMITTING SUICIDE
    This one got me, it’s more the attempting to commit suicide rather than actually doing it that they can charge you. Singapore is known for having a happy population but I have no idea how they can monitor the populations happiness. Suicide in Singapore is considered a serious issue in the country. The issues have been rising in recent years, with the rate of suicide increasing for all demographics. It is the leading cause of death for those aged between 10 and 29 years old. Males account for the most suicides at over 66.6% of all suicides. It is also illegal to assist those wanting to commit suicide as well.
    The punishment is imprisonment for a term around one year, or a fine, or both

    JAYWALKING
    Jaywalking is a term more known in the US and is now more widely used in many other countries. It refers to the reckless or illegal crossing of pedestrians on roads. In Singapore, jaywalking mainly refers to crossing the street in non-designated areas. Make sure you look for marked pedestrian lanes before crossing the street.
    If caught the penalty for jaywalking is a S$20 fine on the spot, a fine of up to S$1,000, or three months of jail time.
    The punishment doubles to a fine of up to S$2,000 and six months in prison if you’re caught jaywalking twice.

    Are you looking at travelling to Singapore? What are your thoughts on these rules? Let me know in the comments below.

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