Don’ts – Decency, Laws and Severe penalties

Decency

  • Take off your headwear when you enter a store. Decency dictates that.
  • You should also be respectful in your choice of topics. The locals don’t talk about politics and religion. This is because many are a mix of different cultures and different religions like Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, and Taos.
  • Of course it is also that you first ask if you are allowed to take a photo. You certainly don’t want everyone to photograph you without asking.
  • Before you enter temple or apartments, take off your shoes.
  • In Singapore, it is common for the staffs  to bring you to a free table after you have entered a restaurant. In coffee shops and Hawker Centers you can sit wherever you want. Unless there is a packet of handkerchiefs, sunglasses, an umbrella, a bottle of water or something similar on the table or chair. Then don’t. Because this means that someone has already “reserved” here and is just getting something to eat or drink.
  • In some Hawker Centers there is even a business branch for it. These are people who sell handkerchiefs for a few coins if you don’t have one.
  • Tipping is not usual. In restaurants and hotels, 10% is automatically added to the price. Taxi drivers don’t expect tips either. It is rather regarded as disrespect. However, if you are particularly satisfied as a foreigner, there is nothing to stop you from giving tips.
  • Weekend excursions are very popular. Not only the malls are full of people. In order not to fall for dubious business, there is the “Official Guide Singapore”. Here you can find a list of shops which are awarded with the “Gold Circle”. This stands for reliability and quality. All other excursion destinations also enjoy constant popularity on the weekends. I prefer to go here during the week.

Laws
Due to the many laws and controls, there is hardly any crime in Singapore. Also the cleanliness profits from it.

  • Waste and chewing gum must not be thrown on the floor. Chewing gum may be imported and can also be bought in pharmacies. You are only not allowed to spit it out. Not talk about, but as reality in other countries shows, not everyone cares. Here in Singapore, throwing away waste and chewing gum is punished with a fine of up to 2,000 SGD. In addition there are penalty hours in form of cleaning tasks.
  • Eating, drinking and smoking is strictly prohibited in MRT. This is also not permitted on the platforms. The penalties here are 500 to 5,000 SGD.
  • If you want to cross the street, always use zebrastreifen or the traffic light.

Severe penalties

  • Vandalism in form of painting the house walls or trains will be severely punished. Physical punishment is also used here.
  • Who lies and to whom this is proven, has to count on a punishment, which resembles cheating.
  • Smoking is forbidden in all public buildings and restaurants. You should keep your hands off any other type of drug. Any possession or trade will be severely punished. The maximum Penalty is the death.
  • A truly reprehensible ban and a sign of backwardness, is the illegality of homosexual intercourse. However, this does not change the law.

In addition to the death penalty, there are penalties with cane blows. Fines or community service, on the other hand, are harmless.

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