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By: Jill Jaycox. The Laws of Singapore. Background. Annual GDP competes with leading European nations 92.5% literacy rate “Garden City of Asia” 100% of the population live in the city Population: 4.5 million 3.5 times the size of Washington D.C. Arable land: 1.47%

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background
Background
  • Annual GDP competes with leading European nations
  • 92.5% literacy rate
  • “Garden City of Asia”
  • 100% of the population live in the city
  • Population: 4.5 million
  • 3.5 times the size of Washington D.C.
  • Arable land: 1.47%
  • The happiest country in Asia
  • 95% of people are somewhat or very happy
laws and punishment
Laws and Punishment

Singapore is known as one of the happiest, safest and cleanest countries in the world

Why? Because of its notoriously strict laws

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Laws and Punishment

DRUGS

MANDATORY DEATH PENALTY FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING

MINIMUM 5 YEARS PRISON FOR POSSESION

CIGARETTES ARE ILLEGAL IN PUBLIC

Drug offences per 100,000:

Singapore: 48.6; America: 560.1

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Laws and Punishment

LITTERING

ONE PIECE OF LITTER: 1,000S (771$) UP TO 5,000S (3,855$)

IF ONE LITTERS MORE THAN THREE TIMES HE IS EMBARRASSED BY HAVING TO PICK UP LITTER WITH A VEST STATING “ I’M A LITTERER”

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Laws and Punishment

JAYWALKING

FINE OF 20S (15$)

other weird laws
Other Weird Laws

Gum was previously illegal; fines up to 8,600$

Gum can now only be distributed by pharmacists

Homosexuality is illegal

Bungee jumping is illegal

Failure to flush a public toilet is illegal; fines up to 150$

Peeing in an elevator is illegal

If crime is committed, some elevator doors close permanently until police arrive

forms of punishment
Forms of Punishment

CANING

CRIMINAL IS HIT WITH A RATTAN CANE

OCCASIONALLY IN PUBLIC

EACH HIT IS ONE STROKE

AT INTERVALLS OF 10-15 SECONDS

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Forms of Punishment

EXECUTION

METHOD USED IS HANGING

USED FOR OFFENCES SUCH AS KIDNAPPING, DRUG TRAFFICKING, AND POSSESSION OF UNAUTHORIZED FIREARMS

Executions per 1 million people:

Singapore:

u s involvement
U.S. Involvement

MICHAEL P. FAY

18 YEAR OLD AMERICAN CONVICTED OF VANDALISM AND THEFT

SENTENCED TO 6 STROKES OF THE CANE

BECAME A FAMOUS HUMAN RIGHTS CASE

U.S. BECAME INVOLVED; ASKED SINGAPORE TO FORGIVE

SENTENCE WAS LOWERED TO 4 STROKES

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