Rants and raves about stuff happening in and around my life in Singapore

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Chewing Gum in Singapore

9:43 AM By Barry Smyth , 2 comments

I was at the out shopping the other day and although I've heard that Singapore Government had relaxed its ban (yes ban as in illegal to sell) on the sale of chewing gum in Singapore, I didn't think much of it until ....

.... I found my way into the chemists. As I walked around I passed by the Pharamcy counter, the place were you would normally hand in your prescription to be filled, or where all the drugs deemed too dangerous to sell over the counter sit locked away behind glass cabinets.

On the counter top itself was a locked glass container and in it was a whole stack of chewing gum for sale. My first reaction was to smile. Then I asked the assistant why it was locked and was told that in order to buy chewing gum in Singapore you must fill out a form and provide your passport/IC number, your phone number, your address etc, at which point, and I couldn't help myself, I burst out laughing.

Can you imagine it, having to register yourself as a chewing gum user. Totally insane! On the plus side its great to see the Government work so hard to keep us amused.

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  1. Anonymous4:43 AM

    but strange that nobody bothers to chew it. since it was gone for so long it might have been forgotten.

    that and perhaps there is a fear attached to buying it?

  2. Anonymous9:54 PM

    I've been researching Singapore, as we consider a move there, and this I've found very amusing. I do think they are on to something though, having scrapped gum from my shoes and felt the horror as I realise my daughter has found some stuck to the underside of a table....I suspect I wouldn't miss it much ;)

    Love your blog by the way, very informative!