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Sin­ga­pore is known as a fine city and for good rea­son — you can be fined, and even caned or jailed — for break­ing seem­ingly dra­co­nian laws that the lo­cals have learnt to live with. Since 1992, af­ter a van­dal stuck a piece of chew­ing gum on an MRT door sen­sor that re­sulted in the dis­rup­tion of train ser­vices, the sale and im­port of chew­ing gum has been banned in Sin­ga­pore. You can still chew gum, but dis­pose of it prop­erly.

Smok­ing is banned in restau­rants, cine­mas and all in­door pub­lic spa­ces. Since mid-2013, the ban has been ex­tended to in­clude pub­lic spa­ces such as over­head bridges and out­door hospi­tal com­pounds. Van­dal­ism is also a pun­ish­able of­fence and so are lit­ter­ing, spit­ting, jay­walk­ing and fail­ing to flush the loo.

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