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Street Signs and Posts in Singapore
Well, the country that has banned chewing gum and severely punishes those who "forget" to flush toilets, also has an interesting collection of signs and posts in public places.
If you intend visiting Singapore, you should thoroughly get documented about its laws. The country has strict regulations, laws and they don't hesitate to punish even those who commit acts that in other countries might seem minor or, in other countries might be legal.
Pushing it is fine, just don't ride it!
Chewing gum sale in Singapore is illegal and bringing it in is too! (For larger quantities, jail punishment is given).
Jaywalking can cost you as much as 2,000 SGD or some time in jail!
Don't dare speaking against any religion or god.
Walking around naked in your own home is an offence - suppose someone sees you.
Connecting to unsecured WiFi spots is considered "hacking" and offenders get either jail or heavy fines.
Don't connect to anyone else's WiFi signal without permission.
Not to mention: drug traffickers get death penalty!
Certain psychoactive medicines (legal in other countries) are considered "drugs" in Singapore.
Now back to the signs and posts... simply seeing so many signs reflects how strict local laws are.
Of course, not all public signs, street posts refer to some sort of illegal activity.
Many of them are mere multilingual signs, inscriptions.
In fact, what I admired the most about Singapore's laws was their tolerance towards various cultures, religions, ethnicities.
74-75 % of Singapore's population is made up by Chinese and the 14 % Tamil, 9 % Malay enjoy rights that minorities in some countries can only dream about.
Singapore has 4 official languages: English, Mandarin, Tamil and Malaysian.
Plus: other, smaller minorities enjoy tolerance, respect, even multilingual signs, inscriptions. There are substantial numbers of Japanese, Filipinos, English-speaking Westerners, Arabs, Indonesians, Koreans in Singapore.
...and I saw several Japanese, Arab inscriptions here and there...
The posts I saw in Singapore surpassed what I've seen in Helsinki, Finland almost a year earlier.
Connect with Jesus, talk with Jesus, chat with Jesus... I wonder if Elvis could also do that?
Take a sip of water and you could get a fine of 500 $!
Hold yourself, keep your strength until you find a place where you can sit down on!
Just walkin' around, standing and staring into infinity, wandering, contemplating?
Stop it! It's illegal in this area!
Be careful, they can pull the gun on you!
Of course, since there is danger, you will keep yourself out
No sleeping! No skateboarding!
How about "no sleeping while skateboarding"? (Sorry for the shaky photo!)
I've seen a bucket load similar "don't litter" signs in Europe and there was still a lot of trash in their area.
But not in central Singapore where I saw this sign. The place was as clean as a hospital!
Don't feed the poor fellows, no matter how cute they look like, no matter how sorry you feel for them
Multilingual post somewhere in central Singapore
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