Don’t forget to flush: 12 things you should not do in Singapore

You can get fined in Singapore for various reasons such as spitting, roaming around naked, connecting to an unsecured Wi-Fi and also not flushing the toilet!
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Evening landscape with Museum of Fine Arts and Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore.(Shutterstock)

“Singapore is a fine country. You’ll get a fine for everything.”

When going on an international holiday, it’s always wise to find out about the local traditions and laws so you don’t run into trouble. Singapore is a colourful and enthralling country, but make sure you don’t do these 12 things there.


S.E.A. Aquarium, Singapore. (Shutterstock)

1. No chewing gum

There is a ban in Singapore against purchasing gum or importing it. And in case you do have gum, you certainly can’t spit it out on the streets. You can be fined $500 (Rs 23,121) if you spit it out. However, there are exceptions. Since 2004, those who need to chew gum for curative purposes and are carrying a medical prescription for it are allowed to.

2. Always flush

“Treat me well and keep me clean and I won’t tell anyone what I have seen,”

Regards,

The Pot.

Yes, they can be pretty anal about certain things. If you use a public washroom and forget to flush, you can be fined $150 (Rs 6,936). After visiting all those public restrooms all over India, we feel the same can be applied here too.

3. No porn and no walking around naked

If caught walking around nude even in the confines of your home, you could be fined up to $2,000 or up to 3 months in jail. Our advice: always draw your curtains! As far as viewing pornography is concerned, don’t get caught watching adult films.

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4. No littering

Spitting and littering can get you a $1,000 (Rs. 46,242) fine. Swachh Singapore Abhiyaan!

5. Foot and head alert

Luckily there’s no fine for this one, but it is considered rude to point your feet at someone. So, don’t rest them on the table. Also, patting people on the head is considered offensive.

6. Don’t Snack on the MRT


Rail commuters ride a crowded Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) train through the city centre. Opened in 1987 the MRT has a daily ridership of 2.8 million passengers. (Shutterstock)

When travelling via Singapore’s railways, you aren’t allowed to eat or drink. You can be charged fines of up to $500 (Rs 23,121) for doing so.

7. Don’t connect to unsecure WiFi

It would be wise to turn off your “auto-discovery” setting when in Singapore. Using an unsecure WiFi connection is considered a serious crime there, under the Computer Misuse Act. You could be jailed for up to three years or would have to pay a fine of up to $10,000 (Rs 4,62,708).

8. Be careful what and how you gift

When gifting someone in Singapore, you need to keep the following things in mind:

a. Wrap your gifts in anything but white, as it is a sign of mourning

b. Clocks, flowers and handkerchiefs or flowers are related to Chinese funerals. So, don’t give them as presents

c. Don’t give gifts with your left hand

Personally I don’t think I’m ever going to gift anyone anything in Singapore!

9. No public smoking

$200 is the fine if you smoke in a public space. But you must have already guessed that by now!

10. No graffiti

Spray ‘Gayatri I love you’ on any wall and be ready for a public caning. Yes, we thought enough with the fines, we need to step up things a bit. But on a serious note, you can get caned and jailed for graffiti.



11. No drugs

Forget about doing drugs while in Singapore, you shouldn’t even have drugs in your system when you arrive there!

12. Don’t point at people

Pointing your finger at people is considered rude in Singapore and your finger can be chopped off for that. Relax. We’re joking this time. It’s just that it’s considered impolite to point at people in Singapore. So keep that in mind.

And now, have a great holiday!



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