During this trip I have gotten to understand Singapore’s unique history, multicultural – and even more importantly, multi-religion – composition, and political background, better, which leads to an uncommon legislative history and social regulation needs. Having said that, there is a souvenir industry revolving around Singapore’s wacky laws. From mugs to magnets, from t-shirts to shot glasses, all kind of mementos make fun of these fines, that have earned Singapore “the FINE city” nickname:

  • Giving a public speech: $2,000
  • Skateboarding: $500
  • Possession of pornography: $500. Note: even being naked in your own house or hotel room, if visible from the outside, could be considered “pornography”!
  • Smoking: $500
  • Littering: $1,000 first conviction, $5,000 and community labor second conviction
  • Not flushing the toilet: $150
  • Dancing without license: $5,000
  • Urinating in elevators: $1,000
  • Chewing gum: $1,000
  • Graffiti: caning and jail
  • Hugging in public without permission of the other person: fine and possible jail
  • Criticizing religion = sedition!
  • Introducing a stranger as your good friend and speak well of him on false grounds = abetment
  • Connecting on unsecured Wi-Fi hotspots = hacking
  • Oral and anal sex was illegal until 2007 unless it lead to vaginal sexual intercourse!
  • Homosexual relations (even in private) = 2 years in jail