Around the World in 80 Days, Day 18: Top 10 Things You Can’t Do in Singapore

Day 18 of #ATW80 sees Larry and Zachary taking in Singapore, one of only three surviving city states in the world. This morning, Larry called into the Rick and Bubba Show for a live update, describing the country as impressive and hyper-modern but also draconian and dictatorial in terms of its laws. How so? Check out Larry’s amusing Top 10 list below, and scroll down to listen to the interview from earlier today. Enjoy!

Top 10 Things That are Illegal in Singapore (and the Punishments for Doing Them)

10. Graffiti.  According to Singapore’s Vandalism Act, graffiti will earn you between 3 and 8 strokes with a cane.  Yes, corporal punishment is still a thing here.

9. Smoking an untaxed cigarette.  This will land you a fine of 500 Singapore dollars ($370 USD) for just the first offense.

8. Drug Trafficking. Even being in the presence of drug dealers means automatic guilt.  The sentence?  Hanging.

7. Chewing gum.  Considered a form of littering, a fine of 500 to 1,000 Singapore dollars ($370-$749 USD) is served to first time chewers.

6. Using someone’s wifi without permission.  This is considered hacking and will result in a fine of 10,000 Singapore dollars ($7400 USD), 3 years in prison, or both.

5. Eating or drinking on trains.  Seen as a public safety issue, consuming anything on the SMRT trains or in the stations will lead to a fine of 500 Singapore dollars.  Even water!  Snack on a bus, however, and you’ll only feel the eyes of your fellow passengers judging you.

4. Spitting in public.  Those caught sharing their saliva with the world must pay a fine of 1,000 Singapore dollars.

3. Singing obscene song lyrics in public.  Singapore “keeps it clean” in more ways that one.  Illicit lyrics will earn you a fine, 3 months in jail, or both.

2. Not flushing the toilet.  We don’t want to know how this is monitored or enforced, but we do know it means a fine of 150 Singapore dollars ($110 USD).  Also, some public elevators have Urine Detection Devices  (UDD) which set off an alarm and close the doors until the police arrive.

1. Walking around your house naked.  Keep those blinds closed tight!  You could face pornography charges and face imprisonment or a fine of at least 1,000 Singapore dollars.


Hear more of Larry’s Singapore impressions in the Rick and Bubba Show interview below: