No garbage on the side of the road, no spitting people on the street, the death penalty for the use and sale of drugs and nowhere and I mean nowhere chewing gum. Singapore is a country with a lot of strict and sometimes strange rules. Rare or not, this makes Singapore one of the safest and cleanest countries of Southeast Asia. But what kind of bizarre regulations have been rolled out in this country?
Watching, chewing or even thinking about chewing gum is not allowed. This rule has been in existence since 1992 and has been proclaimed by President Lee Kuan Yew. He was tired of people dropping their chewing gums all over the place, except for where it should be: in the trash can. The subway was delayed several times because of a gum stuck in the door. Now you can’t buy gum in the supermarket, but that doesn’t mean it has completely disappeared from this country. If you use it for health purposes, such as nicotine gum, then it’s allowed. Just don’t get caught spitting your old gum on the ground. If you do so, you risk a fine of up to $100,000 or a three-year prison sentence.
2.It is forbidden to run naked through your house.
You start the day with a shower to wake up. While you’re in the shower you find out that you forgot your towel, you were still sleepy. The towel is downstairs in the living room because last night you folded the laundry and had forgotten to take it upstairs. So you come out of the shower and make a sprint from the stairs and run into the living room looking for your towel. The night before you were too lazy to close the curtains, so the first rays of sun in the morning were already shining in. Luckily you found your towel quickly and without anyone having seen it (you think) you walk upstairs again. Unfortunately, today is not your lucky day. The neighbor across the street was just washing his hands when you came running down the stairs.
This joke will cost you three months in prison and/or a fine of $2000. People who walk around the house naked are considered a public nuisance. The law doesn’t leave it at that and even calls it “an insult to public decency. So next time just close the curtains before you go to sleep.
4.You are not allowed to sing on the street
Well oke, you are allowed to sing as long as there are no curse words in it. So songs by Cardi B, Nicky Minaj, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Eminem, Gwen Stefani, Kanye West, Cee Lo Green, Britney Spears… okay actually you’d better go for the safe option and leave out all the songs. Then you don’t run the risk of a three-month prison sentence. If you want to sing anyway, choose the lyrics of Disney movies.
So in Singapore, there are quite a few, for us, bizarre rules. The list goes on, but I don’t want to scare anyone into visiting this country, so let’s don’t do that. If you plan to visit Singapore soon, don’t forget to close the curtains of your hotel room!