This, of course, does not represent how all foreigners view Singapore, but it is merely an observation and therefore a sweeping statement. Nevertheless, don’t you agree with the points? =D
Chewing gum in Singapore carries a death sentence
The best (and often heard) misconception one can ever get is this! When I first heard this from one of my readers in the US, I have to laugh out loud in front of my computer. And then more asked me and I knew somehow, this has deterred many foreigners from visiting Singapore. Anyway, if this is true, I’ve died many times.
Singaporeans don’t litter because if we do so, we’ll have to be cleaner for a day.
If so, my full-time job will be a cleaner. That’s a big misconception! Singapore is clean because another group of foreigners have been tirelessly cleaning our estate every morning. In fact, early in the morning, the number of cleaners might have been more than the number of residents.
Do something wrong and you’ll be caned
Michael Fay made us popular. If you’ve not heard of him, Google him—basically, he was an American who was sentenced to caning in Singapore for theft and vandalism, and the US media reported this case as much as how the Singapore media reported Jover Chew. Even the Governments crossed swords. And when people started doing selective reading, the world thinks that breaking the law in Singapore = caning.
FYI, that is not entirely true.
Everyone knows English
Thirty years ago, people might think that no one in Singapore knew English. Now, they believe that everyone here knows English. To clear the air, most know, but the older generation doesn’t.
Police can arrive within a minute upon a crime
Our Singapore Police Force is efficient, but they still travel in Toyota Corollas. Even the traffic police who travel in WRXs need time to arrive anywhere. Yes, we are a safe country, but that doesn’t mean all our police officers wear a cape and red underwear, and fly down from the sky like a bird. It’s our deterrence efforts, not the efficiency of our enforcers, that contributes to the low crime rate!
The entire country is covered by wi-fi
You’ve got to be kidding me. Our 4G isn’t stable and you’re talking about wi-fi?
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