After twelve years, Singapore has relaxed its ban on chewing gum. But not so fast.
Before Singaporeans think about unwrapping a pack of Wrigley's Orbit gum that's just started selling here -- and only in pharmacies -- they must submit their names and ID card numbers. If they don't, pharmacists who sell them gum could be jailed up to two years and fined 5,000 Singapore dollars ($2,940).
Chewing gum, or more precisely the threat of chewing gum, is employed in the wonderful movie I Not Stupid, which I heartily recommend. It seems to revel in the mixed feelings Singaporeans harbor towards their own culture. (My favorite character is the chubby kid.)