Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Uniquely Singapore Laws

Every country is unique in its own way and Singapore is no different. Listed below are 3 laws that are uniquely Singapore ...
 
Flushing Law. Under the Environmental Public Health Act, any person who has urinated or defecated in any sanitary convenience with a flushing system to which the public has access shall flush the sanitary convenience immediately after using it. Any person contravening this provision, shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding SGD$1,000.
 
Universal Conscription. Under a system of universal conscription, requiring every able-bodied male citizen upon reaching 18 years of age to complete 2 years of National Service, the strength of the Singapore Armed Forces stands at approximately 350,000 soldiers. With a landmass of just 682.7 square kilometers, Singapore has approximately 512 soldiers per square kilometer - making it the densest in the world.
 
Certificate of Entitlement. Introduced as a traffic management tool in May 1990 under the Vehicle Quota System, potential vehicle owners must obtain Certificates of Entitlement (COE) through a process of competitive bidding before registering a vehicle. Valid for a period of 10 years, the COE alone at its peak in December 1994, cost approximately USD$63,000 for a mid-sized car. [Exchange Rate used: USD$1 = SGD$1.75]

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