How are the laws in Singapore

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Not flushing in the toilet, being naked in your own apartment, having chewing gum with you or spitting - you can be punished for this in Singapore. The Asian metropolis has one of the lowest crime rates in the world, but it is achieved with bans on almost everything and medieval punishments such as flogging and hanging.

Singapore, island-city-state on the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, is now one of the richest and most developed countries in the world. The city hides many secrets * and without natural resources has managed to become a booming economic metropolis and an important financial and trading center within 50 years. It is also popular as a holiday destination for western tourists. But this not only goes hand in hand with a quasi-authoritarian government and restricted freedom of the press, but also one of the most rigid penalty systems of all. It intervenes very far in public and everyday life and also penalizes things with high penalties that are considered completely harmless elsewhere. As punishment, the death penalty continues to be imposed by hanging and public flogging. Here are ten things not to try in Singapore:

1. Use a foreign Wi-Fi network

It may be considered cheeky in Austria, but it is not criminally relevant: To connect your device to the Internet via a third-party Wi-Fi. Quite different in Singapore. According to the computer abuse and cybersecurity law, this also falls under "hacking" if the foreign network is not password-protected at all. The offense is punished with a fine of up to 10,000 dollars or even up to three years in prison.

2. Be naked at home

"Anyone who appears naked in public space; or in private space, if they are publicly visible, is guilty of an offense," says the law. The ban extends to your own apartment or a hotel room, for example if you can be seen from the street through a window. It is therefore advisable to always draw the curtains well in Singapore, as the offense is fined $ 2,000 or imprisonment for up to three months.

3. Hang posters in the wrong place

The term "vandalism", which is extremely broad in Singapore, can include many things that make public spaces unsightly from the point of view of the clean country. Real damage to property or even graffiti is punished very severely - with several years' imprisonment *. However, it can also count as vandalism to hang up posters, banners or flags in a location that is not intended for this purpose.

4. Do not flush in the toilet

Again, something that is considered rude or unsanitary in other countries has been made a criminal offense in Singapore. Not flushing the toilet after the toilet can be dearly fined 150 dollars - for the local conditions, of course, still a harmless penalty. And the chance of getting caught is reportedly rather slim.

5. Sing "obscene" songs or use words

Anyone who sings, reproduces or pronounces "obscene songs, ballads or words" in or near a public place and thus annoys others faces up to three months' imprisonment, a fine, or both. When exactly something is "obscene" is not defined in the law. It is also prohibited to pass on obscene material, be it photos, books or digital content. This includes, in particular, any form of pornography.

6. Spitting

As mentioned, the people of Singapore like to keep their city clean - so spitting is not only "not welcomed", it is also a criminal offense. Anyone who spits in public places, including markets, shops, buses or schools, can face a fine of $ 1,000. This penal provision is actually carried out.

7. Have sex with a man as a man

Well, Singapore is still by no means alone in this "fair" way. Male homosexuality is also banned in many South Asian, Islamic, and African countries. And in Singapore, the law is barely enforced these days. However, efforts to lift the ban failed, most recently in 2014. Sex between men still faces two years in prison.

8. Have chewing gum with you

There has been an absolute ban on chewing gum in Singapore since 1992. Chewing gum may not be imported or sold. There are only exceptions for products that are medically or dental hygienically required. If you are traveling through from neighboring Malaysia, you have to stow chewing gum in a sealed container. The reason for the "chewing gum ban" was the pollution of streets and public transport. The maximum fine for the sale is a record-breaking $ 100,000.

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9. Fly a kite in the city

Anyone flying a kite in the city or playing "any game" * that could affect traffic on public roads must be prepared for a fine of up to $ 5,000.

10. Urinate in an elevator

A less surprising point: after all, urinating in public can also be punished in Austria under the wrong circumstances, and anyone who contaminates someone else's property in the process will damage property. However, Singapore has made special arrangements for this particular case. Many elevators are equipped with sensors that detect urine. You then automatically close the doors and hold the "perpetrator" until the police arrive. The fine is $ 1,000.

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