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I Can’t Do WHAT?

Location: Singapore
Camera info: Fuji Finepix A303 / Automatic Point & Shoot
ISO 100 • f 2.8 • 1/2 sec

“Singapore is a fine city,” the T-shirts say. No kidding! There are fines for practically everything there. I enjoyed walking around town and finding all the NO signs in various places. If you plan on traveling to Singapore, there are some things you may want to know.

Really important laws you don’t want to break:

  • Littering (besides a fine, they may also make you wear a bright yellow jacket and clean up the rest of the street too!)
  • Carrying drugs (WARNING: this can carry a death penalty, including foreigners!)
  • Carrying explosives, firearms, pirated CDs/DVDs or obscene materials (includes just passing through the airport)
  • Overstaying your 90-day visa, vandalism or trying to bribe a public official (punishable by caning and/or jail time)

Other things that are commonly banned, and that sort of make sense:

  • Jaywalking
  • Smoking indoors
  • Eating on the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit)
  • Riding a bike on the RiverWalk (It’s very crowded)
  • Durians (a very stinky fruit)
  • Feeding pigeons or monkeys
  • Chewing gum (the city is very clean)
  • Overhead wires
  • Satellite dishes
  • Freestanding billboards
  • Malaysian newspapers or material from Jehovah’s Witnesses or Unification Churches
  • Homosexual activity (not enforced as much as other laws)

And then, the things that make me go HUH?? I’m sure they have their reasons… somewhere. 😯

  • Breeding mosquitoes
  • Walking around your own house naked
  • Driving out of Singapore on less than 3/4 tank
  • Not flushing the toilet
  • Urinating in elevators (Why did this need to be a law???)
  • Dancing without a license
  • Handcuffs, even if pink and fuzzy

Can you think of an explanation for any of these? What’s your favorite crazy law?

5 responses

  1. Drats. There go my hopes for breeding mosquitoes in Singapore!

    February 2, 2011 at 7:29 pm

  2. Very intriguing rules and regulations! Wonder why so detailed? What’s the population of Singapore? My guess is it’s way overcrowded.

    February 7, 2011 at 8:36 am

    • Looks like it’s just under 5 million – the third most densely populated country in the world a few years ago.

      I remember one tour guide telling us about how although they are surrounded by oceans, clean water is somewhat difficult to find. Maybe that has something to do with it?

      February 7, 2011 at 9:49 pm

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