Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Chewing gum laws in Singapore explained (for you foreigners)

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.

14 comments:

  1. Kao........................

    KAO........................

    Dude. I swear you damn cock leh. LOL.

    - Susu a.k.a the girl who ridiculed the Stallion for owning an electric guitar and cannot play a single chord to save his life. Oh you metal shredder you! ;)

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  2. wow, that certainly sounds like some risky business!

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  4. Haha, <3 Bert Bert.

    And I think you and your pretty red guitar are pretty damn kickass regardless of playing skill. =]

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  5. Solitary ReaperFriday, 18 May, 2007

    oh shit! Singapore is wierd, isnt it?

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  6. *happilly chews gum in melbourne*

    Natasha. =)

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  7. Readers of this article. Please do not be misled by this article. IT IS NOT TRUE.

    Gum, regardless of its type / flavor, carries equal penalty. But Wrigley's peppermint sells better, thus giving most people the impression that it carries a heavier sentence.

    I know, becoz I have been a S'porean for...many years.

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  8. i have a singaporean friend who loves shopping here in manila. she buys chewing gum also. she told me it's not illegal to bring chewing gum there if it's for personal use only :)

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  9. In Singapore, chewing gum is not illegal neither is bringing chewing gums for own consumption (the amount one brings can obviously tell if it is for own consumption or for selling)...
    Therefore it is the trading of chewing gums that is illegal.
    I sincerely hope that people especially non-Singaporeans could have their knowledge increased before they put in their comments which are most often reveal how ignorant they are.

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  10. Anonymous said...

    *happilly chews gum in melbourne*

    Natasha. =)
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    & no doubt contributing to the same gum stuck on your own shoes...

    Tsk tsk... I personally love the fact I dun have gum sticking to any part of me after a day out. Unlike when I pop over to Malaysia or the UK.

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  11. Solitary Reaper said...

    oh shit! Singapore is wierd, isnt it?
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    Not so compared to some readers who seem to think:
    1) That chewing gum is a necessity in life - what chewing constantly like cows/horses/goats do with curd is very dignified?

    I personally prefer mints - nothing to disposed of cos I always struggle with finding paper to wrap them in b4 throwing in the bin.

    Oh wait! I missed the point ... those white people dun bother, they spit it out only to step on it themselves later!

    2) That it is fun encountering gum on the streets.

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  12. Too those ignorant people it is ILLEGAL to bring gum to singapore (smuggling) or eat it for personal use and its much worse if you sell it. The sentence is probably CWO (clean toilets things like that) or fine. They will not whip you like Micheal Fay or jail u. Unless you are running a black market which then i will not be too confident.

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  13. what a totally STUPID LAW AND STUPID COUNTRY!!!

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  14. Yeah, we have stupid laws in place to keep stupid people like you away. So go back to where you came from; highly assumed to be full of corruption, roadside spit and crime.

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