The Legendary Toilets of Singapore and the Flushing Law

The Legendary Toilets of Singapore and the Flushing Law

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Over the years the city of Singapore has been
described by many as one of the cleanest on Earth with roads and toilets being “clean
enough to eat off”, which is perhaps to be expected from a city where it’s illegal to
fail to flush a public toilet… So how did this city come to have such immaculate
toilets? This can all be traced back to the work of
Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first, and arguably most popular, prime minister. Lee rose to power in 1959 and continued to
serve as Singapore’s leader for 31 years until he decided to step down in 1990. When Singapore became an independent nation
in 1965, Lee is noted as being instrumental to the small city-state being able to so quickly
transform itself from being a “poor port from the bottom rungs of the third world” to being
one of the most profitable and prosperous economies on the planet. Lee accomplished this through a series of
reforms aimed at making the country an overall nicer place to live including:
• Enacting legislation to make prosecuting corrupt officials easier as well as “relentlessly
pursuing” corruption wherever he encountered it. • Paying civil servants decent wages to
ensure the jobs would be tempting to Singapore’s best and brightest and giving them bonuses
based on how well Singapore’s economy does on a yearly basis. • Inviting foreign corporations to set up
shop in his country to create reliable employment for his citizens and foster international
relations. • Establishing the Housing and Development
Board to help house residents without homes in newly built apartments. Further, unlike most nation’s public housing,
Singapore’s is quite nice, places people actually want to live. • Drafting legislation to plant trees and
clean up the city’s waterways and rivers which were notably filthy. Lee was so serious about making Singapore
cleaner, he famously promised that if his dream wasn’t a reality by 1986 and he was
still in charge, that he’d personally hunt down whomever was responsible for the failure
and shoot them. • Creating the Water Planning Unit, which
was tasked with helping the country become less dependent on water from Malaysia, which
was threatening to cut off their water supply after Singapore gained independence. This initiative, like so many others he enacted,
was a resounding success, with Time magazine later calling Singapore “the global paragon
of water conservation.” In fact, their system is so efficient that
they even can, and do, process non-potable waste-water into high-purity drinking water. • Finally, he imposed stiff taxes on car
ownership and enacted the Clean Air Act as well as creating the Anti-Pollution Unit,
to help keep Singapore’s air pollution levels at an acceptable, healthy level. By far Lee’s most infamous policies though
were his incredibly strict rules in regards to public cleanliness, most if not all of
which, carry hefty fines if you’re caught breaking them. For example, not flushing a public toilet
is considered a crime in Singapore and if you’re caught flouting it, you will be given
an on the spot fine of about 150 dollars, more if you’re a repeat offender. Likewise, littering carries an equally heavy
fine of about 300 dollars or more, depending on the size of the item. Smaller items like candy wrappers usually
incur a lesser fine, whilst things like soda cans can net you a trip to court and even
a caning if you’re caught. Lee’s biggest bugbear, however, was chewing
gum; he hated it with such a passion that since the 1990s, gum has been outright banned
in the country. This was later (partially) repealed in 2004
and gum is now okay to be brought into the country in small quantities and dentists are
allowed to prescribe it for certain medical conditions. While this may seem a tad extreme, Lee’s
annoyance with gum chewing wasn’t without precedent. You see, prior to the ban in 1992, the government
was spending upwards of 150,000 dollars a year to clean it up and vandals were using
it to disrupt the sensors on the country’s newly built subway trains, stopping their
doors from shutting and in the process causing huge delays. After the ban, cases of such gum littering
plummeted and the associated costs of cleaning it up dropped to negligible levels. If you’re wondering how exactly Singapore
enforces these dozens of laws, it’s mostly accomplished using hundreds of undercover
police officers who have the power to issue on the spot fines to anyone seen flouting
them. Officers are known to check toilets after
they’ve been used and even install security cameras if they receive multiple complaints
on a particular toilet, to catch offenders in the act. Perhaps our favourite Singapore cleanliness
fact is that many of Singapore’s elevators have “Urine Detection Devices” which will
lock the doors of an elevator and summon the police to your location to arrest you if it
detects that you’re relieving yourself in one. All of this may seem excessive, but the results
speak for themselves; today, Singapore is largely considered one of the world’s leading
economies and the city itself is one of the most industrious, safe, clean, nicest to live
and richest on Earth. In fact, despite some oft’ lamented certain
human rights issues, such as restriction on freedom of speech, lack of right to privacy,
and the like, Singapore frequently tops lists of the “world’s most livable cities”, and
is also generally considered the world’s best city for businesses. Not bad for a place that was up until about
50 years ago or so described as a “swampy land mass”. Bonus Facts:
• There’s a charity in Singapore called the Restroom Association Singapore (RAS). Set up in 1998 by a man called Jack Sim, who
later went on to found the World Toilet Organization (WTO), RAS has backed numerous campaigns to
educated the public about the benefits of toilet cleanliness and even offers awards
to exceptionally clean restrooms in the public and private sectors. Their stated mission is to, among other things,
“investigate and find out the root cause of dirty toilets. We must identify the needs of various users
including tourists and foreign workers so as to promote better designed toilets that
cater to these needs. We must constantly source for the best practices
in cleanliness, design and maintenance of public toilets and review our local standards. Together with the government and other strategic
partners, we must continue to raise awareness among the community on public health issues
and educate the users on good toilet etiquette.” Sim was reportedly inspired to start the RAS
when he heard Lee’s successor, Goh Chok Tong say “we should measure our graciousness
according to the cleanliness of our public toilets”. Today, Singapore’s toilet facilities are the
envy of the modern world and Sim has used his clout in the world of toilets to help
bring safe, clean toilet facilities to millions in the third world through the WTO. Sims has since earned the rather awesome honor
of being called “a Hero of the Environment” by Time magazine. Not bad for a guy who just wants everyone
to have a clean toilet to pee and poop in. • Ever wonder why toilets are sometimes
called “the crapper”? Probably not as you likely assume you already
know the answer. But stick with us, this is actually kind of
interesting. It all started with U.S. soldiers stationed
in England during WWI. The toilets in England at the time were predominately
made by the company “Thomas Crapper & Co Ltd”, with the company’s name appearing on the toilets. The founder of the company, Thomas Crapper
(born around 1836 and died 1910), was a famous plumber. At least, as famous as plumbers can be- he
was the official plumber of a few of the royal family of the day and owned one of the larger
plumbing companies in England at the time. Among his accomplishments, he holds eight
patents in the plumbing field, including inventing such things as the “ballcock”, which is the
float-triggered flushing mechanism in your toilet. In any event, the soldiers took to calling
toilets “The Crapper” because of Thomas Crapper & Co., and brought that slang term back with
them to the United States. • You might at this point be wondering if
the word “crap” derives from “Crapper”. It turns out, no. While the ultimate origins of the word “crap”
are not entirely known, it is known that it was commonly used in England to refer to rubbish
or chaff, but fell out of use in the 16th century, long before Thomas Crapper and his
company came along. The term “crap” was still used somewhat in
America though, coming over pre-16th century from England, and it is thought that one of
the reasons American soldiers seemed to universally take to calling the toilet “The Crapper” is
that they found it funny with “crap” meaning something to the effect of “refuse” and that
most of the cisterns and toilets in England were stamped with “T. Crapper & Co Ltd”. It was ironical to them, though the joke was
lost on the English who had long stopped using the term “crap” at that point. Moving on to why the toilet is sometimes called
the “John”, the term is thought to derive from Sir John Harrington or, at the least,
to have been popularized due to Harrington. (There are a few references of the toilet
being called “Cousin John”, as well as many references to it being called “Jake” and other
such generic names before Harrington was born; but it is generally agreed that why we now
call it “John” is because of Harrington and not from the old “Cousin John”). In any event, Sir John Harrington lived in
the late 16th and early 17th centuries and was one of the 102 god-children of Queen Elizabeth
I- in his case, known as the “Saucy Godson” for his proclivity to write somewhat risqué
poetry and other things, which often got him banished only to be allowed to return again
sometime later. Along with writing several notable works,
Harrington also devised Britain’s first flushing toilet, which he called the “Ajax”. This derived from the term “Jakes”, which,
as noted, was a slang term for what we now call a toilet. Shortly thereafter, Harrington wrote one of
his more famous and popular works titled “A New Discourse upon a Stale Subject: The Metamorphosis
of Ajax”. This, on the surface, was about his new invention,
but more to the point was a political allegory on the “stercus” (excrement) that was poisoning
the state. The book itself got him banished from the
court for a time due to its allusions to the Earl of Leicester. However, the actual flushing toilet device
itself was real and was installed in his home and later one was made for the queen around
1596. The device worked by pulling a cord that would
allow water to rush in from the “water closet”, which would flush away the waste. Although Harrington wasn’t by any means the
first to invent a flushing toilet (there are references to flushing toilets going all the
way back to around 2600 BC), his invention was an innovation in Britain at the time and
it was commonly thought that he was the inventor of the flushing toilet because of it, which
is why it is thought the flushing toilet today is often also called a “John”. • The term “toilet” itself comes from the
French “toilette”, which meant “dressing room”. This “toilette” in turn derived from the French
“toile”, meaning “cloth”; specifically, referring to the cloth draped over someone’s shoulders
while their hair was being groomed. During the 17th century, the toilet was simply
the process of getting dressed, fixing your hair, and applying make-up and the like, more
or less grooming one’s self. This gradually began to refer to the items
around where someone was groomed, such as the table, powder bottles, and other items. Around the 1800s in America, this term began
being used to refer to both the room itself where people got dressed and ready for the
day, as well as the device now most commonly known as the toilet. Author: Karl Smallwood.

100 thoughts on “The Legendary Toilets of Singapore and the Flushing Law

  • Cloud7050 Post author

    2:40 SG here. Literally nobody, and I mean nobody, gets fined for not flushing. But we are known as a “fine” city. Eg there’s a sign put up by NEA (National Environmental Agency) on the grass beside our pavements warning of fines of up to 1k SGD for not cleaning up after pets. Buses? No smoking, bringing durians on board etc, all with their own signs and fines listed.

  • Cloud7050 Post author

    4:05 that doesn’t happen, at least not anymore in recent times, and if you put a security camera in the toilet it’d go viral immediately.

  • Ringo Alano Post author

    Toilet police?! What bull is this? i've been livin in SG for 27 yrs & theres no such thing,. FYI, all public toilets here are equipped with sensors, they auto flush themselves. so the concept of these fictitious crap inspectors are utter nonsense.

  • Not Dave Post author

    Caning litterers? I approve wholeheartedly.

  • 𖥠 ꧁Æ♱ℍᴲᮄℜᴲⅅ꧂𖥠 Post author

    Fun fact: Singaporeans nick named him "Mista Poopoo "

  • 𖥠 ꧁Æ♱ℍᴲᮄℜᴲⅅ꧂𖥠 Post author

    San Francisco are you watching this? You too Portland. There's nothing 'progressive' about shitting in your streets.

  • fraginz Post author

    Now, try to compare Singapore's public toilets to those in the PRC..

  • vincent87s Post author

    I got fined $300 for not flushing the toilet at my house. FML! 😱😵😭😂

  • Dana Merritt Post author

    SUGGESTED TOPIC: Everyone cites to just one study for what percentage of lottery winners lost everything within x period of time. I wanted to see how the study tracked winners to see when or if they lost their money, how the study dealt with states where names need not be given, whether there was a level of win that they excluded from the study (i.e., suppose you win one dollar and immediately replay it–that's quite different from pomptly throwing away millions). I could never get to that one study to see if it was rigorous or wild guessing.

  • Scott Muto Post author

    I want to see the blooper reel for this one. I wonder if he has any toilet humor.

  • Darkwear GT Post author

    This video was sponsored by yanze

  • Darkwear GT Post author

    Me not flushing in the school toilet

  • Akmal Ahmad Post author

    Singapore is clean but not because of its people. Singaporean aren't like Japanese where they keep things clean because its their moral duty. No Singapore keep things clean because of the law. When they come to Malaysia, you'll see how they throw away all their civic sense and start literring

  • kelvin singh Post author

    Japan's toilet is better

  • Spookspear Post author

    What about the fact that Harrington is related to Kit Harington who played Jon Snow

  • T λ C O. phox Post author

    Yeah Singapore can be depressing and bloody expensive to live in if you're not middle-high class. Life is so uninteresting and stressful here. But hey at least I'm proud that we have a toilet law.

  • b0 zo Post author

    to singapore, two words : toilet bidet, i ain't going to your place again if i am always going to leave it high and dry down there, if you know what i mean.

  • Wee Hong Liang Post author

    From Singapore here, need to iron out some facts:

    1. Undercover policemen aren't real (or more specifically prevalent). Most toilets are managed privately, and it's up to each toilet management to maintain cleanliness. There are no policemen checking the toilets, and I've heard NO stories of anyone being fined / charged for not flushing. And if you've been in the heartlands, you'd know that the cleanliness of the toilets, although relatively clean for Asian standards, is nowhere hotel state.

    2. Urine Detection System is a scam. Some building management decided to put up stickers touting the Urine Detection System in their lifts, but obviously nothing of this calibre exist because people were still peeing. They were merely trying to scare the less-educated into complying. However, a sizeable number of lifts do have a CCTV, and people have been identified peeing from the tapes, but NO policemen were called ever.

    A little context into the law enforcement scene in Singapore is that most policemen are conscripts, and as most semi-civilians, we usually brush off minor incidents simply because we are equally guilty of committing such offenses (such as not flushing, littering) in our free time.

    Luckily, there is no "Singapore phenomenon" of high laws and fines as they are barely enforced.

  • Shelley Netzer-Edgerton Post author

    Hey Mario is 10 times as famous A plumber than that guy we need to be more like Singapore and look into their laws to clean up our country we need to look at infrastructure which is extremely aged in our country we need to look at what we're doing for the people of our country and we need to look at the corruption in our government from the top down

  • madchessLeviathan Post author

    I'd like to know why the french calls perfume eau de toilet cause with my crappy french I'd say it could easily be understood as toilet water.

  • Sweet O-Nigiri Post author

    Sounds like a totalitarian state no thanks nigga

  • diGritz1 Post author

    So basically he did the exact opposite of what Trump does…………… alrighty then.

  • Chuck Biscuits Post author

    Our large COE Car tax is Ill thought out, and an example of the law of unintended consequences,.. since it is a one-off, upfront payment. Which means that Singaporean’s who can afford to own cars, then drive them at all opportunities making congestion in our small island worse than it need be. If it was a usage tax, not a sunk-cost, we could encourage more responsible transport system.

  • charlie regan Post author

    Don't they have auto flushing toilets?

  • syawal razak Post author

    Yeet im a singaporean

  • Brian Juel Pedersen Post author

    I think the 'bonus facts' for this video sort of caught control of the story – using up about half of the full duration of the video.

  • Mystra Bua Post author

    We could use some of these laws in NYC.

  • Deplorable Mike Post author

    I like the idea of holding bureaucrats responsible for the quality of the job they do.

  • Stephen Cook Post author

    I thought you were going to say that Sir John wrote his poetry on crapper walls. That would have been great.

  • Tracy Mitchell Post author

    Thier Urine detection devices are called hidden cameras 🤣 yup even in toilets.

  • Harrison Holmes Post author

    Most liveable… unless you're gay

  • Sarabeth Wong Post author

    My gosh, have you ever been to Singapore and used the toilets? Other than Changi Airport and buildings where the tourists and expats are commonly found, toilets are often dirty in Singapore. Sure, office toilets that so-called "VIPs" (called upper management in the west) will use every day, they are clean but those for the average Singaporean, they can be disgusting, even in the same building. For women, it is not uncommon for toilet seats to be wet and stained with dirt. Why? Because some who prefer squat toilets will just stand on the seats with their dirty shoes on to use them. Seriously, just visit any toilet at a hawker center or wet market and you'll see what a public toilet is like for the everyday Singaporean. Heck, the bathroom culture is so poor in Singapore that citizens will urinate in lifts (called elevators in the west). It got so bad that the government had to install alarms in HDB lifts that go off if someone pees in them. The only place in Asia with clean toilets everywhere you go is in Japan. Japanese toilets are far cleaner than those in Singapore, by a long shot!

  • Geoff F. Post author

    "As famous as a plumber can be."

    Simon, the Mario Bros. would like a word with you.
    Get in the pipe…

  • Bilbo Ballbag Post author

    What British person doesn't know that? Please shoot yourselves.

  • SKYFXZ GAMING Post author

    As a singaporean i can say there is no such thing as urine detector only when a staff of that building saw there will be a clean up crew, if its a shit on public area. Yes police will arrive and arrest you within 10 to 15min

  • Logic Matrix Post author

    The law isn't actually enforced and there are dirty toilets they just can't be found easily

  • Dan Ltc Post author

    What you should note is that Singapore now sells drinking water back to Malaysia.. The country which once threatened its existence

  • SG 本土天王 - ROCO KING Post author

    When I was in secondary school, some mystery asshole offload his shit in the urinal !! Freaking champion of a shit dumpster…the image is forever etched in my mind ….the offender was never caught ….

  • Tty Tty Post author

    Its because they have MOT ministry of toilet 😂

  • MrBoliao98 Post author

    I like to point out our parking in heartland malls and suburban shopping areas are relatively cheap at 1.20 to 1.60 per hour.

    And really toilets are dirty, the rely on an army of cleaners. For rubbish, erm that is heavily reliant on the crew of cleaners sweeping up.

  • YaoMing Tay Post author

    He will what them???!?!

  • YaoMing Tay Post author

    There is no secret police, the "secret police" is actually police who are not at work and coincidentally find unflushed toilets

  • Extremely Salty Player Post author

    Any other toilet flushing Singaporeans watching?

  • dude from earth Post author

    Wow ,I’ve seen an illegal terd

  • Lucas Tan Post author

    Toilets here are never clean other than the touristy areas

  • Player Review Post author

    I worked with this country and what stood out to me was the extremely high standards for education and very strict security standards. Out of all the countries I worked with regarding sensitive information storage, Singapore would be a strong contender for being the best guarded nation.

  • Jason Post author

    I like that
    Healthy levels of pollution.
    It sounds like car drivers should be thanked

  • Jason Post author

    You don't have the freedom to call the head of the government names.

  • Jason Post author

    Sooo where did the word shitter come from?

  • Chee Kiat Teo Post author

    India needs to learn this fast. It's been decades since their independence

  • wuweijun Post author

    Step outside the airport and go into any of the REAL PUBLIC TOILETS and you'll know why the claims made by this video is completely inaccurate. The toilets (like those of the airport) don't stink only because there are enough janitors, not because of the law. It's not enforced adequately. This is my first disappointed video from this channel. -A Singaporean.

  • PrimeChaosVC Post author

    You should see Singapore toilets in the 90s…. horrible.

  • looes74 looes74 Post author

    At least sgd500 for illegal littering

  • looes74 looes74 Post author

    Police doesn't do checking on toilets. Environmental officers do so. Probably under ministry of health or national development

  • Dan Post author

    Been in Singapore for almost 10 years and no there are no toilet police sadly.

  • Krish Kumar Post author

    That was interesting and amusing at the same time.

  • KingSoutH KingSoutH Post author

    And government going to kill own people in future by producing harmful chemicals food or else to keep be Malaysia also more people having chewing gum but don't have problems with it..because people hate government then doing that ..

  • clementckw Post author

    As a Singaporean I feel obliged to speak out that my country isn't as Draconian as it sounds. I have never met a plain clothes officer and even though there are laws that can find you, more often than not it is rarely enforced and people do get away with not flushing toilets and stuff like that. It's just a deterrent and to me I see it as a public announcement that these are things we want for in our society.

  • Scott Watson Post author

    Why is it called a/the bog then?

  • Sebas1509 Post author

    Isn’t Singapore it’s own country?

  • Esoteric Emissary Post author

    Me thinks the Singapore jail must be full of children who peed their pants in Elevators.

  • Esoteric Emissary Post author

    Sometimes you really gotta go, and you go so much the toilet gets clogged. Nothing you can do about it.
    Laws are meant to be broken…

  • albie zidan Post author

    when I look for a holiday Im looking for cheap drugs, beaches and cheap whores Ive tried a few places in Europe but I didn’t like the prices but now I always go to Brazil for my holidays but if I can get some cheap high quality coke and some cheap whores easily in Singapore I might have to consider visiting it one day

  • Ryan Chen Post author

    I am s Singaporean, the main bugbear with public toilets is the fact that some poeple will squat on the toilet lid and forgetting to clean the toilet lid after using it. And yes, our lifts do have urine detection systems, usually its some stray cat or dog that might trigger the alarms and it is stupid to try and test it for yourself

  • jojoinhere Post author

    both Singapore and HongKong prosper under authoritative rules.
    look at how HongKong is today after 22 years of autonomy and democracy…

  • Emperios Zyrandios Post author

    As long as you follow the rule of the land, anywhere can be pleasant to live in. Even in China.
    Just that you might get shot in America even if you follow the rules.

  • KevinMulia Post author

    Hey Simon, just a simple curious question:
    "Do you even cringe when recording this?"

    I mean your face is so serious while discussing about toilet XD

  • Bravo NinetySeven Post author

    I want to visit there now.

  • helena russel Post author

    Simon you should do one on the state of the toilet in india.. and compare that with japan.. would be fascinating..

  • TdyYrLove Post author

    You should do a video on the etymology of all the common terms for "toilet". How did it become known (in various cultures) as the bathroom, the lavatory, the latrine, the loo, the restroom, the washroom, the water closet, the head, the WC, the urinal, the facilities, the outhouse, and the powder room?

  • Arima Ryuhei Post author

    im my 18 years of existence and residence in singapore i have not once heard, seen, read of, even through 3rd party, not once-

    of someone getting fined/sued for not flushing a toilet bowl

  • Luke Herron Post author

    The strange thing about Singapore is that the toilets aren’t that clean anymore, and not nearly as clean as they were just a couple of years ago. No one I talk to in Singapore knows why or even seems to have noticed the change.

  • World 2019 Channels Post author

    It's true? Please check toilet at Farrer park or Little India 🚇 station during weekend when migrants workers fully this area. I ever found toilet closed because poops on the toilet floor.

  • blablubb Post author

    Kids, don't bring along your spray paint when taking a trip to Singapore!

  • Jeroen Derks Post author

    My wife is Singaporean, I am a permanent residence we never heard of your flushing law. Nice that foreigners read something somewhere and believe everything they read

  • jc chew Post author

    there is no poo police in Singapore for god sake! we have clean toilets because we often have one cleaner per toilet! because we are rich af

  • Tan James Post author

    I am a Singaporean.
    ‘Undercover police’ watching over toilet is not true.
    ‘Under cover police’ watching over other areas of rules not true also. Or these acts are very seldom put into practice.
    Maybe it only acts as a deterrent. Just that ‘a mouse have becomes an elephant’ with rumours going around.
    Our public toilets at the housing estate still needs a lot of improvement. Shopping centres & airports toilets are reasonably good.

  • Clement Tan Post author

    must never forget that the image of a clean Singapore is created by a whole army of elderly cleaners.. without cleaners, we might as well be a wasteland.

  • NomadOne33 Post author

    Whatever happened to the kid who got caned for spray painting graffiti in Singapore?

  • pepperonization Post author

    Ehhh as a singaporean there isnt such a law for not flushing. lol.

  • Retromurdok Post author

    I bet all those undercover cops cost the government more than anything they prevent.

  • Sean Post author

    The flushing toilet law is never enforced as far as I know. I do wish they enforce it though. At the same time they can catch smokers in the toilets. These inconsiderate smokers smoke in air conditioned toilet and left burnt marks everywhere

  • jimmy koh Post author

    How stupid can you be? You did a research about Singapore's toilet in the 1970? Dude our public toilet are all installed with IR sensor since donkeys years ago! And we don't have a law for not flushing the toilet and you will get a fine or some stupid toilet undercover! You should be flush into the toilet bowl for being so stupid. Oh btw Singapore have a law about fake news so you better watch your back.

  • Azrin Aziz Post author

    I'm watching VisualPolitik…

    Oh wait…

  • Razak Kalik Post author

    I've been a Singaporean since birth and a policeman for 35 years… I can tell you this, there's no under cover cop for unflush toilet…there's random check of course, but not by cops 😂…. And to correct you… Officers from the ministry of environment and water resources are scattered island wide to check for litter bugs… And no, Malaysia is not cleaner than Singapore… In fact they're having problems with contamination and pollution….

  • zeus lim Post author

    I'm from Singapore. I did not know about a flushing law. There aren't any piss sensors that lock the doors in normal lifts though. And there aren't that many police

  • Vaspuci Post author

    Wait till u go to coffee shop toilets

  • Jason i love oz Post author

    wheres does dunny come from

  • Required Attention Post author

    Have u seen Singapore toilets in hawker centres and coffeeshops? It's filthy at best. What are u talking abt?

  • Luke Lim Post author

    No…. Japan Tokyo is still better. I was seriously shocked as a Singaporean visiting Japan

  • dmenace2003 Post author

    Singapore is a 1984-Orwellian-state experiment. Techno-bureaucratic-political-social engineers control everything in this city.

  • Isaac Benjamin Post author

    Idek abt this rule

  • Steve Wechsler Post author

    Snopes says the "crapper" etymology you discussed is false. Makes me wonder how well researched your other "facts" are…

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  • Justin Wong Post author

    I think we need the illegalization of pissing or shitting on a toilet wrongly next

  • Cosmo John Post author

    You should visit Singapore coffeeshop toilets. Hint : not a nice experience. This video seems to be sponsored? Over exaggerated.

  • Eric Twombly Post author

    In 1980-1982 I visited Singapore many times while I was in the Navy, and it was the cleanest city I’ve ever been in. Besides being one of the most interesting, historical, diverse and unbelievably excellent foods (even in markets and mom and pop shops) that I’ve ever been to, even back then the “toilet police” may have existed but were never confirmed by my inquiries to some of the locals who were relaxed and in private. The best statement that sticks in my mind from that time was, “The toilet police? That’s any cop. There are inspectors, but police? I don’t think so. The rumors were started to keep Singapore clean! At least I hope so, but always flush!!”

  • jumiknight99 Post author

    Yup. Nothing more than a 'Legend'. Tourists obviously haven't been to a neighbourhood coffee shop toilet where it is often downright disgusting. Want clean toilets? Go to Japan. I swear on my ancestors theirs is WAAAAAAAAAAAAAY better.

  • TheOriginalFILIBUSTA Post author

    How does he keep a straight face through some of this?

  • Mike Yip Post author

    How does this show do your research?? Most information given are wrong.

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