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Monday, January 07, 2008

chewing gums for personal comsumption is technically not allowed...

someone asked if i want some chewing gum. haha.. no, i have not had them for so long, i don't even want it in my mouth. this pack was different from the normal green ones we usually see, so i could not resist not taking a photo of it.

do you know it's illegal in Singapore? so this is contraband! haha..



There's a legislation called "Regulation of Imports and Exports (Chewing Gum) Regulations." In it, no provision for personal consumption is stated. So technically it is illegal to bring in even a stick of it.

You can read more about it at:
Singapore Tourism Website & also Wikipedia.


Oh yes, if it is chewing gum of therapeutic value, it is allowed after 2004, when the United States - Singapore Free Trade Agreement was signed.

Do you like chewing gum?

14 comments:

Karoliina Urso said...

Very cool pic. Make it an advertisement!

Anonymous said...

Are you sure? Because they changed the law when we lived there. You could by it (at pharmacy, and give your PR care #)but only for personal use, not to sell. We knew many friends who went to Johor to buy some, it's not illegal as long as it's just for your use.

Keropok Man said...

anonymous,
that's what everyone thinks, that personal consumption is ok. but technically the law does not provide for it. i was told.

but i guess they are not that strict in enforcing it. :-p

chillycraps said...

hor hor!!

now i have evidence!!

but they do sell it at polyclinics~

zakscloset said...

maybe it's related to the strict anti-littering law of singapore...

kaa said...

A timely post. Today when I mentioned to a Finn that I was from Singapore, she mentioned the chewing ban. Told her personal consumption was ok, oops... Now i definitely know it's illegal. Thanx.

The Cooking Ninja said...

I always thought bringing in chewing gums for personal consumption is not illegal.

alex said...

naughty, naughty.

Anonymous said...

Go to a Guardian pharmacy and ask the pharmacist whether there is gum for sale. I read in the news shortly after we've moved that gum was now for sale for personal consumption, but you have to sign something and give your PR #.

Keropok Man said...

kaa,
what a coincidence eh?

cooking ninja,
we all think so too.

alex,
:-p


anonymous,
the gums at the pharmacies are therapeutic like for those who wants to quit smoking type of gums.

the normal chewing gums are not sold.

• Eliane • said...

Er... now I am scared: is it legal to chewing gum while reading a Singapourian blog? ;)
I do like chewing gum!

Ming the Merciless said...

I'm not a chewing gum fan. It gives me a headache from all that chewing. :-)

Thiên said...

I love that wrapping paper. And to think, all that fuss over some gum! ;)

J.C. said...

Used to like chewing gum - especially Wrigley's Spearmint gum. A gum after a meal is certainly refreshing. But now I switch to candies.