Holy cow, I wrote a book!
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
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.)