Before using your neighbor`s unsecured Wi-Fi, just know that you`re breaking the law. Under the Computer Misuse Act, grafting a person`s Wi-Fi is considered the equivalent of hacking. If you get caught, you can be sentenced to up to three years behind bars, a $10,000 fine, or both. You know the saying „Singapore is a beautiful city”? Well, that`s true in the truest sense of the word. It`s an amazing place to live, but there are also hefty fines to pay if you break the law. While we are all in favor of clean streets and parks, as well as low crime rates, some of our sunny island`s laws are bizarre for lack of a better word. So it`s best to know what you can`t do, if you`re new to this island city or if you`ve lived here all your life. Read on to learn more about our strange laws in Singapore. Both Prime Minister Lee and the People`s Action Party felt that the government knew what was best for the people of Singapore. As a result, the government has little tolerance for political debate, special interest groups or dissenting views. The government expects its citizens to be hardworking, disciplined and obedient. Most Singaporeans seem to agree.
On 5 March 2015, two Germans, Andreas Von Knorre and Elton Hinz, were each sentenced to nine months in prison and three strokes of the cane for breaking into SMRT`s Bishan depot in November 2014 and pulverising a C151 train cab.  Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew took part in the parliamentary debate and said the bill, which sought to impose mandatory caning on people convicted for the first time of vandalism with an indelible substance, was a „deviation from normal criminal legislation.” However, the punishment was necessary because in recent years, some Singaporeans have begun to question the old belief that the government always knows what is best for the people. In 1987, 22 Church social workers, professionals, and students publicly criticized certain government policies. They were accused of organizing a „Marxist conspiracy to undermine the existing social and political order.” They were detained without trial. Most of these „criminals” were released after being on television. However, some of them were arrested again after making a statement to the press in which they retracted their confessions. They also alleged that they were beaten, subjected to lengthy interrogations and other ill-treatment while in detention. For some time now, we have been witnessing the sad spectacle of malicious people degrading and degrading our beautiful city. Slogan writing, drawing, painting and marking or writing on public and private property is widespread. In fact, even the pages of the streams of anti-social and anti-national elements have been used in the name of democracy, but their crude artistic achievements actually destroy and degrade what democracy has built for the people. Singapore has also recently experienced acts of vandalism such as the theft of insulating oil from power plants and indiscriminate damage to fountains.
The damage or destruction of public property provided for the benefit of the population must be considered extremely serious, as it is the people themselves who ultimately pay for the services and amenities provided by the government. Unfortunately, there are irresponsible people in the Community who take cruel pleasure in destroying and damaging public property. In the interest of the nation, it is therefore necessary that the minority that causes harm be treated severely.  Singapore offers its people an ideal existence in many ways. Singaporeans enjoy a clean, efficient and attractive environment. Most citizens can expect full employment, good education and comprehensive health care. This seemingly safe and comfortable society depends on strictly enforced laws originally designed to combat communist subversion and prevent the outbreak of conflicts between the country`s ethnic groups. Singapore`s rigid rules and numerous laws ensure the small city-state`s smooth functioning, but at what cost to individual freedoms and human rights? Unlike strange laws in other countries, some laws are enforced with extremely harsh and often bizarre penalties. Singapore is also different from the United States, where sanctions are set by a judge: violations of certain laws in Singapore may be accompanied by binding decisions that always involve beatings. All the recent news surrounding Mayor Michael Bloomberg`s soft drink ban has made many people talk about a violation of the right to privacy.
But compared to Singapore`s notorious restrictions, our soda law is a small potato. The school system is based on the Japanese model. Regular examinations weed out those who do not do well in academic subjects (especially English) and „direct” them in technical and vocational schools. The most academically successful young people go to „superschools,” where they are prepared for academic and professional careers. Should the U.S. be more like Singapore? But according to Wrigley`s strong petitions, if you get a note from a doctor, you can chew some medicinal gums. Cat lovers, you may not like this one. If you live in an HDB apartment, you are not allowed to keep cats as pets. Shocked? So are we.
Apparently, cats are seen as a challenge to stay indoors, as they „tend to lose fur and defecate or urinate in public places.” They also tend to make „caterwauling noises”. We`re pretty sure dog owners have similar problems, but hey, the law is the law. Singapore`s culture strives to prohibit many personal rights, which the government justifies by creating harmony in a conservative and culturally diverse country. Singapore`s judicial system differs from that of the United States in that some laws may provide for mandatory sentences.