Posted by: rbbadger | August 27, 2008

Singapore’s Immigrations and Checkpoints Authority

Singapore sort of has the reputation of being a law and order of sort of place.  Some of you might remember when Michael P. Fay, then an American teenager, was sentenced to four months in prison, a fine of S$3,500, and being beaten with six strokes of the cane for the crime of vandalising cars.  The Clinton administration reacted with all sorts of indignant howls and President Ong Teng Cheong of Singapore commuted the sentence to only four strokes of the cane, but with the fines and imprisonment still intact. 

Singapore apparently has a pretty strong immigration policy.  Indeed, the penalty for enterting the country illegally involves imprisonment and at least three strokes of the cane.  If you visit the website of the Immigrations and Checkpoints Authority, you can read about some of the cases they’ve encountered.  Whoever writes the press releases for the ICA has a pretty funny sense of humour, as can be seen in this press release about butts.

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