Why did Singapore ban chewing gum?
Why did Singapore ban chewing gum? It will seem funny actually very funny. But yes chewing gum is banned in the beautiful city of Indonesia.
The man behind the ‘central idea’:
‘Lee Kuan Yew’, the name famous for turning out Singapore from a small port into a global trading hub, is also the man who is responsible for the neatness and tidiness of the nation-a person who banned chewing gums in the country!
A ban was introduced in 1992 for chewing gums in the nation. The ban remains one of the best-known features of a common man’s life in Singapore. Also, there are many other bans still prevailing in the country. Just in sake for the beauty of this heaven-seeming nation.
At the time of its independence in 1965, Singapore was a very small country with many-a-few resources. Lee, the country’s first prime minister took up various steps, to make and gain his nation a very important mark in the International scenario.
By the time, the prime minister, Lee banned the chewing gum, he was in-charge of the country for “31 years”. Also famous for his serious attitude, he was also known as the “serious minister” in the history of Singapore.
Addressing to the journalists:
According to an interview held with BBC in 2000, he addressed everyone that during some 30 years before they were called ‘the nanny state’. But now the clear results are in front of everyone. We are one of the nations with very neat surroundings and are looking forward to top the list!
Also in one of the interviews, he said, “Putting chewing gum in subway metro’s doors. So that their opening might get interrupted, I don’t think its creativity. It is foolishness according to me. If you tend to chew habits, go ahead try a banana”.
An interesting, as well as a shocking fact about Singapore, is that the country has a law since 2004. Pharmacists and dentists are the only one to allow to sell ‘therapeutic’ chewing gums and only to those patients who have a valid medical prescription.
Advise to the readers:
This chewing gum eating isn’t the only ban in the country. Also ban such as jaywalking, spitting on roads, urinating anywhere outside, expelling mucus from the nose and many others are banned in Singapore. Be careful the time you visit this country or else you would be forced to pay a heavy fine costing you a many Singapore dollar.
By- Vaibhav Srivastava