I got asked about Singapore's chewing gum laws at the party last Saturday, so for the benefit of all other foreigners, I am putting my answer here. This is for all of you who are thinking of getting into the lucrative chewing gum smuggling trade in Singapore.
You will be prosecuted for chewing gum trafficking if you try to smuggle more than 1 kg of chewing gum through customs. The rationale is that you can't obviously be bringing in 1kg for personal consumption. The punishment for chewing gum trafficking is up to 1 year in prison and/or 5 strokes of the cane.
If you are caught dealing chewing gum in Singapore the sentence is similar, and is even harsher if you are caught dealing to minors. However, in most cases, if you co-operate with the authorities and reveal your suppliers you might get off with a significantly lighter sentence. After all, they would rather nab the big syndicates then a small time dealer. You might even have to go assist in covert operations so that they can catch the syndicates in the act.
The type of chewing gum you are caught with also determines your sentence, Wrigley's peppermint gum carries the heaviest sentence because it's the hardest to remove from park benches, roads and other public amenities. However, it is also the gum that sells for the most on the black market, so it's the most lucrative as well.
Anyway I hope the above dissuades any of you from considering this illegal activity. I knew a friend who had a really bright future in engineering, but he was seduced by the lure of the easy money and women offered by the chewing gum trade, he thought he could stay in control. He made a lot of money in the beginning, but then he started taking bigger and bigger risks and that lead to his downfall eventually. He is now in prison and will continue to be there till the end of the year, his future and career totally ruined.
Don't let that be you.