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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

When being in the buff at home might get you arrested

No laughing matter: Before any ride is opened to the public, BCA engineers will ensure the ride complies with safety standards. — AFP

No laughing matter: Before any ride is opened to the public, BCA engineers will ensure the ride complies with safety standards. — AFP

Amusement park rides may be fun, but their regulation is no laughing matter. In fact, there is an Amusement Ride Safety Act, which came into force in 2011, when more amusement parks, such as Wild Wild Wet and Universal Studios Singapore, were being built here.

The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore regulates amusement ride safety through the Act, including installation, operation, modification, maintenance and repair of amusement rides.

Before each ride is open to the public, BCA engineers work with the operator to ensure that rides comply with safety standards. BCA also conducts “mystery shopper” inspections to ensure that standards are maintained.

Here are five other little-known laws that you may not have heard of.

> Naked at home

You may be in your own home, but that does not mean you can swan around naked. Yes, it is illegal to be naked in your own home. Under Section 27A of the Miscellaneous Offences (Public Order and Nuisance) Act, Chapter 184, a person cannot be naked in a private place while being exposed to public view. This law came into effect in Feb 27, 1996.

> Unruly dogs

Keep a rein on your hyperactive or overly-friendly dogs, especially if they have a tendency to run towards people or vehicles. The owner of the enthusiastic pup may be liable on conviction to a maximum fine of S$1,000 (RM2,600). This law was first enacted in 1989.

> “Stealing” wireless access

“Borrowing” your neighbour’s unsecured wireless Internet network is considered hacking. The punishment for “piggybacking” is particularly strict. If found guilty of the offence, you could be fined a maximum of S$10,000 (RM26,000) or jailed up to three years, or both.

> Trickster and manipulator

Under Section 508 of the Penal Code, it is illegal to cause or attempt to cause any person to do anything that he is not legally bound to do, or to not do anything which he is legally bound to do, by inducing that person to believe he or someone close to him will become “an object of divine displeasure” if he does not listen to you. This law has been in place since 1872 in Singapore’s first Penal Code.

> Breath analyser tests

If a person is suspected to be driving while drunk, the police can conduct a breath analyser test to see if his alcohol consumption is above the limit. If the person refuses, he can be arrested without a warrant. But there is an exception to the law. A hospital patient is not required to provide a specimen for a breath or laboratory test unless the medical practitioner in charge of his case authorises it and the specimen is provided at the hospital. — The Straits Times/ Asia News Network

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