And this is why I’m kind of scared to go to Singapore… It seems like an interesting place – like Malaysia, only really clean and organized (as they say here: same, same; but different). It’s kind of like the Germany of South East Asia in my mind.
But there’s just something about a country that:
- forces it’s citizens to register as “gum chewers” before they can buy gum (which is only available in pharmacies);
- canes foriegners for vandalism (sure, you have to do something about it, it’s just the type of punishment that’s a little scary);
- and most recently, sends people to jail for latching on to an available wifi connection that they didn’t pay for.
Sure, I think we have to have some rules, and I’m certainly not out to criticize the Singaporean government (in case I ever find a reason to travel there, please, please don’t arrest and/or cane me), but to me, this seems a bit OTT (as Alex would say).