Hey everyone!! So sorry I haven’t been blogging for weeks! New school term just started in October and I’ve already been loaded with tons of homework T~T On top of that I still have to work on other projects in order to beef up my portfolio for graduation, which is in less than 2 years! Plus I also have part-time work >.< It’s a busy busy busy period for me >.<||
But anyway, something interesting happened so I thought I just wanted to share it here!
Every Friday, my school has (basic) English lessons in the afternoon, which of course I don’t have to attend. Instead, I attend this talk session with native English teachers and Japanese students who are keen to brush up on their conversation skills. The purpose of this programme is of course to encourage Japanese students to speak up more, but of course, being the shy people they are, it is native English teachers and the English-speaking students who talked the most.
So last Friday, I was at this table with an American-Chinese teacher and a few other female students, and the teacher started asking me about strange laws in Singapore. It started out with the standard no chewing gum law which almost everyone who have heard of Singapore would know.
And then he kept asking me for other interesting laws in Singapore. At first I couldn’t think of any, like what else is there aside from the chewing gum law? But then I dug deeper into my memory and then I realised, boy, Singapore is such an authoritarian country with so many draconian laws! I recalled my General Paper (GP – like general knowledge) lessons in Junior College (Singapore’s equivalent of high school), then I remembered my teacher mentioning some draconian laws which still haven’t been removed (but not reinforced either).
One such example is not being able to go out in groups of more than 5 people. Ok let’s be serious, the state is not going to actively reinforce it. There are big families with more than 5 members, and there are class outings which definitely exceed 5 people. The state can’t possibly stop all these gatherings. That’s too draconian. But the thing is, the law existed for a very lame purpose: to prevent people from holding public demonstrations.
I’ve tried searching for it on Google but I can’t seem to find it. Maybe the law has finally been removed. But as far as I can remember, it was still part of the law at least when I was attending Junior College 4 years back.
(But yes, public demonstrations are still illegal in Singapore. Or at least you need ask the ministry for permission before holding one. Like will they ever say yes?!)
Another one was erm no oral sex. Yes oral sex is illegal. Along with other weird sex laws and you can find them here: http://www.dumblaws.com/laws/singapore
Like, who cares what people do in their bedrooms? But you see, that is how much of a Big Brother our city state is. They want to have control over every bit of their citizens’ life to make sure that they have absolute power and that they stay in power. What intelligent ministers we have!
If I were still in Singapore, I wouldn’t give a shit about all these weird laws. Like yeah whatever, that’s just the way Singapore is. I wouldn’t think that being ranked near the bottom for press freedom was such a big deal. To put it in other words, I didn’t know we were fucked, nor did I care.
But after having travelled around the world a bit and then living in Japan for more than a year, and meeting a lot of people from different countries, I realised Singapore is really as screwed up as what people say. Being ranked near the bottom for press freedom IS a big deal. Having no rights to protest IS a big deal. Having the same political party in power since independence almost 50 years ago IS A DAMN BLOODY BIG DEAL.
The last question that the American-Chinese teacher asked me was, ‘So is the Singapore government good?’
Of course I gave him an immediate flat NO.