Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Thursday, July 10, 2003

Heh. Gum is legal, sort of in Singapore.

Singapore has agreed to relax its decade-long ban on chewing gum.

The pristine city-state, which did not like gum sticking to its pavements, has been under pressure to lift the ban as part of a trade deal with the US.

But Singapore's gum-chewers are not salivating yet - the government says chewing gum will only be available to people with a medical prescription.

I know someone whose Mom used to drive across to Johor Baru in Mayalsia and buy bunches of gum to bring back to Singapore. She always got caught and they confiscated the gum.

Many locals agreed the change was long overdue.

"The whole ban idea was not a good idea to start with but it did help to educate Singaporeans about the nuisance effects of chewing gum," 41-year-old manager Daniel Quek told Reuters news agency.

"Now Singaporeans, including kids, are more mature about their civic responsibilities. It's time for the chewing gum ban to go."

I don't know about that. I love Singapore, want to move back someday. But I don't buy this "more mature about civic responsibilities" thing. Very clean city but never use the restroom in a shopping centre. Queuing is for foreigners. And don't ask about the drivers.

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