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
Possession of pornography: $500. Note: even being naked in your own house or hotel room, if visible from the outside, could be considered “pornography”!
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