Singapore is one of the cleanest cities in the world which is well known for its low crime rate. As a result, this city is sometimes known as the Fine city. This can also mean something else, that you can be fined for so many habits which could be normal in your country. Some Singapore laws are just weird but they make a lot of sense.
If you’re planning a trip to Singapore, it is important to be conversant with the various regulations before you get caught pants down. Various fines, penalties and disciplinary actions which are not popular in other countries can be applied in Singapore. The rattan cane (kiboko) is still in use in Singapore mainly on criminals, as a disciplinary measure for male students in schools and by parents to their kids.
These Singapore laws should however not discourage you from visiting this lovely country. There are lots of interesting things to do and see, from the cultural mix to the decorated skyline.
Fine – up to 3 months in prison
Singing in public or uttering any kind of lyrics with obscene language in Singapore is punishable by law. This also includes racially sensitive songs. Now you know before you spit that Trey Song’s Dive in, think again.
11. Selling chewing gum
Fine – $100,000 or up to 2 years prison sentence
Importing and smuggling chewing gum had been illegal in Singapore since 1992 so if you forgot to eat all your gum during your flight, throw it in the garbage bin. This law has eased up with people being allowed to chew gum but cannot sell it in Singapore.
One of Singapore’s first president famous quotes is ‘If you can’t think because you can’t chew, try a banana’.
10. Spitting in Public places
Fine – up to $1000
Spitting isn’t one of the coolest things to do especially in public. In some countries, however, it is okay to spit but not in Singapore. My friend who has a habit of spitting when jogging got arrested and fined in Singapore. So what happens if you must spit? Do it on a piece of tissue/napkin and throw in the nearest garbage bin.
9. Urinating in anywhere but the toilet
Fine – $500
To those members of ‘usikojoe hapa’ (a very popular post sign in Nairobi) please beware! Elevators in Singapore are fitted with UDD (urine detection device) that set off an alarm and close the door until the police arrive. It is embarrassing and expensive.
Fine – $1000
You shouldn’t litter in any country, it is just irresponsible. Littering in Singapore can be expensive so don’t do it.
7. Connecting to another person’s Wi-Fi
Fine – $10,000 or up to 3 years in prison or both
Apparently, according to Singapore laws specifically the Computer Misuse and Cyber Security Act 2007, connecting to someone’s Wi-Fi network is defined as a hacking attempt.
6. Walking around your house naked
Fine – up to $2000 or 3 months in prison
Now this is more weird. ‘’Any person who appears nude in a private place and is exposed to public view shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $2,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months or to both.” I will leave it at that.
5. Smoking in public
Fine – $1000
This is not weird but important. To protect the non-smokers from second-hand smoke, it is illegal to smoke in public. Also be aware that only cigarettes carrying the SPDC (Singapore paid duty cigarette) label are legal. Cigarettes without the label are considered illegal and you could be fined. If you bring some from abroad you must declare with customs and paid duty. Remember to keep the receipts as proof.
Also dispose cigarette butts properly or else you will be fined for littering.
4. Failure to flush a public toilet
Fine – $150
I know one shouldn’t be reminded to flush the toilet after use but in Singapore they have made it a more painful reminder. If you’re caught be ready to pay $150 in fines.
3. Feeding street birds
Fine – up to $500
You will be fined up to $500 under the Animals & Birds Act if you are caught feeding pigeons. The argument is that feeding will make them easily breed which may lead to an increase in their population meaning streets and roofs full of pigeon droppings, weird, isn’t it?
Fine – up to $20 on the spot, $1000 or 3 months prison sentence
Hey you who cross the road like small antelopes especially in Nairobi! Your little behaviour has no place in this fine city. Walk at least around 50 m to the Zebra crossing. If you’re caught twice the fines double to$2000 or up to 6 months jail term.
Fine – up to 2 years prison sentence
Same sex partnerships or marriage or whatever you may call it is illegal in Singapore laws. Attempts were made in 2014 to legalize it but unfortunately the court ruled otherwise and so the regulation still holds.
My Global Attitude‘s part is to make sure you don’t get caught unawares. Yours will be to share this post with your friends.
Love & love,