Safety and Security in Singapore
As the Singapore government is fond of saying, “Low Crime Doesn’t Mean Low Crime”. While it is true that Singapore’s crime rate is extremely low and violent crimes are rare, one should still be cautious when it comes to travelling at night or watching one’s belongings.
■ Emergency services
In case of fire, ambulance, emergency rescue: 995
Calling the police: 999
Emergency services should be able to handle calls in English and Chinese at least, if not also Bahasa Melayu and Tamil.
■ Political situation
Singapore is an unitary parliamentary constitutional republic. The Peoples’ Action Party, set up by ex-Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, has been in power since Singapore’s independence in 1965. The political situation is very stable as law enforcement is very strict regarding marches, riots, or political gatherings. Singapore has been called despotic, and does indeed have low press freedom. Nonetheless, the average foreigner or citizen will have little to do with the law and opinions are always expressed freely in the classroom.
■ Short trip
There are many places to go in Singapore, but we suggest you that, after exploring the country, you take some time to visit the other countries nearby.
Some options are Cambodia, where you can visit Angkor Archelogical Site - UNESCO World Heritage site; East Timor; Indonesia - just imagine Bali only 2.5 hours away from you; Malaysia, The Philippines, Thailand... All these options are very close to Singapore.
■ Mobile phone networks
There are three carriers in Singapore: Singtel, Starhub, and M1. For foreigners on short-term stay, it is best to use a pre-paid card sold at various small shops around the island. Phones bought in most countries (except Japan) work in Singapore, while WiFi networks are readily available at many places such as Starbucks and in schools.