By Martyn See
“You can get anything you want in Singapore. You can travel, you can bring it in. You can – you can organize what you want. You can say anything you want, and all sorts of things are said and debated in Singapore.” – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, interview with Charlie Rose, Aug 2005
“The restrictions are what you report on the domestic politics and what you report on the race situation in Singapore, but otherwise there are no other restrictions in Singapore.”
– Kishore Mahbubani
21 illegal acts in Singapore (or 21 Acts of Civil Disobedience in Singapore you probably didn’t know you are committing):
1. All forms of unlicensed public protests, even by just one person, is illegal.
2. Making a film that contains biased references to a political person or matter is illegal.
3. Possession, distribution and import of “obscene” or “undesirable” material is illegal.
4. Sales and import of chewing gum is illegal.
5. Private ownership of satellite dishes is illegal.
6. Keeping of cats as pets in HDB homes is illegal
7. Consensual sex between males is illegal.
8. Failing to contribute to your Medisave account if you’re self-employed is illegal.
9. Purchasing a HDB flat if you are a single below the age of 35 is illegal.
10. Any form of industrial action without a permit is illegal.
11. Not registering a political group or website is illegal.
12. Employing private detectives to monitor members of parliament is illegal..
13. Possession of an unlicensed film or video is illegal.
14. Having a lawyer present during a police interrogation is illegal.
15. Any public discourse that excites disaffection towards the government or raise discontent amongst the citizens is illegal.
16. Any foreigner participating in a cause-related event without a permit is illegal.
17. Providing public entertainment without a permit is illegal.
18. Publication and distribution of newspapers and magazines without a licence is illegal.
19. The broadcasting of music or films that contain excessive use of any Chinese dialect is illegal.
20. Criticizing the judiciary or the criminal justice system on grounds that it is incompetent, biased or lacking in independence is illegal.
21. Failing to pay GST for overseas purchases which are above $600 is illegal.