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Six weird rules you didn't know existed in Singapore

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Singapore has strict laws against selling chewing gum, but did you know it's illegal to wash yourself along a road too?

We all know that Singapore has set in place some pretty unique and unusual laws. This includes the sky-high fine for not flushing the toilet after use, and the infamous ban on the sale of chewing gum.

But some rules are far more obscure. Here are six seemingly normal things you are not allowed to do in Singapore.

1. Singing obscene songs in public

Spewing profanities and singing your favourite vulgar song in public is probably not the best idea. 

Social norms aside, most are not aware that you are actually liable to a fine or imprisonment of up to three months if you were to sing, recite or utter any obscene song, ballad or words in or near any public place. 

The next time you decide to rap some Cardi B or Snoop Dog, think again!

2. Drinking plain water on the MRT

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Drink up before your trip, but not too much as there are no toilets in stations after you tap in.
PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTH.SG/CLEMENS CHOY

At some point in our lives, we've probably quivered under the iron first of the 'No eating and drinking in the MRT' rule, lest we have to pay $500. 

But did you know that you're also not allowed to drink water on the MRT? 

According to the FAQ section on the SMRT website, taking a sip of plain water on the MRT is actually not permitted! 

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Not even a sip.
PHOTO CREDIT: SCREENSHOT FROM SMRT WEBSITE

As strict as Singapore is about its cleanliness, I honestly think it is pretty outrageous to prohibit people from drinking water on the MRT. 

A pleasant ride for me would mean being able to enjoy plain water, especially on a long commute.

3. Owning a cat in a HDB Flat

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When allowed to roam, cats tend to defecate and urinate in public spaces.
PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTH.SG/CLEMENS CHOY

These cute, furry and sometimes feisty fur balls were apparently banned for being difficult to contain and a nuisance in flat corridors. 

While there isn't a fine for keeping one, you could get your beloved pet forcibly removed. Unsurprisingly, this ban on cats has been met with uproar from cat and animal lovers alike, and SPCA Singapore has also begun to lobby against the ban.

4. Being nude in your own home

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Spot anything out of the ordinary? I hope not!
PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTH.SG/CLEMENS CHOY

This unconventional law has often been misunderstood by many. You are allowed to be naked at home as long as your birthday suit stays out of public view. (Please do not dry yourself on an open rack on the balcony).

But if you happen to flaunt your assets in front of an open window, any Singaporean citizen has the right to arrest you and hand you over to the police. 

5. Poking or raking any refuse bins

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I can understand why some would take things out of the trash, but literally poking around in it?
PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTH.SG/CLEMENS CHOY

I honestly have no idea why anyone would go poking around in trash. Even if you get some kind of satisfaction from it, please control yourself. 

You can get fined $1,000 the first time you get caught doing it, $2,000 for your second offence, and $5,000 for your third.

6. Washing yourself or your animals along the road

Ever dreamed of recreating a sexy car wash scene from the movies, slathering yourself with soap and water while throwing yourself atop your car? Well, sorry to shatter your weird fantasy, but it's illegal in Singapore. 

You can get fined up to $1,000 if you wash yourself (or any other person or animals) on any public road. The next time you feel filthy (be it your mind or your body), think twice before turning the hose on yourself.

BANNER AND TEASER PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTH.SG/CLEMENS CHOY

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