The best known of the laws is probably Singapore`s chewing gum law. Chewing gum is totally banned in Singapore. This includes selling chewing gum, importing or importing chewing gum into Singapore, and spitting it out is the worst crime of all. Singapore`s economic system has been described as “state capitalism”. While private ownership and free enterprise are vigorously encouraged, the government still maintains a firm grip on most commercial activities and retains ownership of some industries. The government also controls wages and has weakened unions, so strikes are rare. Unlike strange laws in other countries, some laws are enforced with extremely harsh and often bizarre penalties. Singapore is also different from the United States, where sanctions are set by a judge: violations of certain laws in Singapore may be accompanied by binding decisions that always involve beatings. Singapore offers its residents an ideal existence in many ways. Singaporeans enjoy a clean, efficient and attractive environment. Most citizens can expect full employment, good education and comprehensive health care. This seemingly safe and comfortable society depends on strictly enforced laws originally designed to combat communist subversion and prevent the outbreak of conflicts between the country`s ethnic groups.

Singapore`s rigid rules and numerous laws ensure the small city-state`s smooth functioning, but at what cost to individual freedoms and human rights? Hi Su, I think you may have missed the point of this article. We don`t think Singapore is crazy, we really liked Singapore and we often say it on our blog. However, some laws in Singapore (like chewing gum or singing in public) are not considered illegal in other countries, and you could easily get into trouble in Singapore if you don`t know this rule. We say that everyone should respect and comply with the laws of Singapore when they are in the country and try to help others become aware of things they may not know. However, some of these rules are a bit extreme and crazy and that`s all we mean by the title of this article. Singapore is both a city and a nation and is located on a small island in Southeast Asia. As a former British colony, Singapore became fully independent in 1965. Today, Singapore is truly a multicultural and multilingual society with four official languages: Mandarin Chinese, Malay, Tamil and English. Singaporeans of Chinese origin, who speak a variety of dialects in addition to Mandarin, make up more than three-quarters of the population. The Chinese are also the driving force behind the country`s highly prosperous business community.

Malays, mainly Muslims, make up the bulk of Singapore`s low-income workers. The other Singaporeans are Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims and Christians from South India. This great ethnic mix in Singapore greatly influences the way the government governs the country. Many Singaporean laws carry heavy fines: failure to flush public toilets ($100); spitting or smoking in public places ($300); eat or drink on the subway ($300); litter ($600); Sale of chewing gum ($1600). The government cracked down on chewing gum after vandals started sticking cotton on elevator buttons and subway car doors. Elevators in apartment buildings even have urine detectors that, when activated, take the offender`s photo and lock the door until police arrive. The fine is $1200. Much of Singapore`s cleanliness comes from its strict rules that enforce this standard. While laws against litter, jaywalking, and graffiti are not uncommon, Singapore is almost certainly the only place in the world that has specific laws against flushing public toilets or urination in elevators. If you are caught leaving a “flush-cleaner” washroom, you face a $150 fine. Many elevators in Singapore are equipped with urine detection devices that trigger an alarm when the smell of urine is detected and keep the doors closed until a police officer arrives. When you arrive at your hotel, you will know that almost everyone speaks English.

English is taught as the “first” language in schools and has become the common language for everyday communication. You`ll also learn that dining in Singapore, with its many five-star restaurants, is a delight. Even the city`s tap water is safe to drink. At night, you won`t be afraid as you stroll through Singapore`s safe streets. Certainly the worst of all laws in Singapore, male homosexuality is illegal and includes everything from sex with a member of the same sex to holding hands and kissing or hugging in public. Surprisingly, the wording of the laws only specifies male homosexuality, so I`m not sure what that means for women? However, there is a movement developing, with people actively trying to overturn this law, but at the moment, unfortunately, it is still in force. Here`s a quick guide to some of Singapore`s weird and unique laws: This is one of the most futuristic places!! So, surprisingly 🤩, some of them influence extremely common human habits, such as chewing gum and being naked in your own home! To make sure you don`t end up in hot water, here are some of Singapore`s other laws you should know before you go, as well as a guide on what not to do in Singapore. Some of those arrested have again appealed to the courts with habeas corpus petitions.

These demanded that the government submit formal charges or release them. The courts ordered their release, but as soon as they were released, the government arrested them again. The last “Marxist conspirators” were not released from prison until June 1990; They are limited in their freedom of movement, expression and association with others. The investigation can take anywhere from a few days to several months, depending on the crime. In most cases, you are not allowed to leave Singapore while the investigation is ongoing. They must be able to support themselves financially during this period. The British High Commission cannot interfere in these investigations or negotiate the release of your passport. Just a caveat: We love Singapore and know that MANY countries have crazy laws that may not make much sense for international travelers.

Did you know, for example, that it is illegal to possess more than 50 kilos of potatoes in Western Australia? These are just a few observations that we think would be useful to other travellers. Singapore is #1 for the best investment potential in the world, the most competitive city and has the fastest average maximum internet speed. However, it is also known as the only country in the world where chewing gum is banned (among many other laws that some may find strange, to say the least). There are strict laws regarding short-term accommodation rentals. In addition to throwing cigarette butts on the street, spitting is prohibited in Singapore. As with similar bans, these laws are in place to maintain Singapore`s reputation for cleanliness. This will always remain one of the most incredible laws for most people. Perhaps Singapore`s most famous law is the ban on chewing gum. When it first came to light in the early 1990s, it was one of the hottest topics for journalists writing about the state of the city, and remains one of the first things visitors learn about Singapore when they arrive, usually when they try to buy a pack of chewing gum at the airport. Singaporean law is full of strange restrictions on personal actions, some of which are funny in their absurdity and others threatening in their limits. One of the most controversial government policies concerns population control. First, the government launched a campaign to reduce the birth rate through tax incentives and easily accessible abortions (“Stop At Two”).

However, after discovering that such policies would lead to a decline in Singapore`s population after 2030, the government backtracked. They offered tax breaks for a third child and made abortions more difficult (“Go For Three”). Then, when it turned out that most families with three children had low incomes, the government became concerned. They enacted new laws limiting the registration of valuable elementary schools to children of mothers who graduated from college. This policy proved so unpopular that it was eventually abandoned.