Shadrake makes it into manga

Manga is a popular medium among the Japanese. Unlike American cartoons, manga has a tradition of dealing with social and political issues as well. I have no idea how often Singapore-related issues make it into manga but I doubt if our government is as thrilled as Alan Shadrake about this one, after the break:

Here’s a translation from a friend of a friend:

5 June 2011

Strict laws in Singapore (Title)

(Introduction before the cartoon)

On May 27th, Singapore’s appeal court dismissed the appeal by Mr Alan Shadrake, British author who was indicted for contempt of court due to his criticisms of the country’s death penalty system in his publication.


The cartoon should be read from right to left, top to bottom, starting from the top right hand corner and ending at the bottom left corner.


Panel One

This is it…

What are you doing?

I am checking the location of Singapore.


Panel Two

Because Mr Alan Shadrake, the British author who criticised the death penalty system was found to be in contempt of court and sentenced to be imprisoned on May 27th.

I see…

Panel Three

The British author, Mr Alan Shadrake published a book of interviews with an ex-executioner.

Thereafter in July 2007, he was arrested during his visit in Singapore.


Click through to next page on the left arrow — cartoon not included here.


Panel Four

After 4 months in November, he was convicted and sentenced to six months of imprisonment and a fine of S$20,000.

But Mr Shadrake (76) appealed the case by counter-arguing that it was not meant to throw dirt at the Singapore judicial system.



Panel Five

However, the appeal was declined on May 27th 2011 and he was ordered to be imprisonment.

The chief judge found it was the most serious scandalizing of the judiciary in the history of Singapore’s courts.

Wow… Singapore… I recall you will be arrested for chewing gums.

Import of chewing gums is prohibited.


Panel Six

You will be also arrested if you stumble drunkenly down the streets after drinks.

If you are drunk in a public place and cannot look after yourself, it is subject to criminal punishment. First-time offenders can be fined below S$1000 or imprisoned up to one month.

Japanese people must take note of this.

Laws are very strict in Singapore.

Different countries with different laws exist in this world.

10 Responses to “Shadrake makes it into manga”

  1. 1 tk 28 November 2011 at 09:36

    panel 6: i’m guessing the author has never wandered through clarke quay on a weekend… or for that matter the steps and bridges on any of the quays. not that i’m complaining, just seems to be another of those “laws” that is rarely, if ever, enforced.

    in fact to combat the problem of all the broken vodka / whisky / jagermeister bottles discarded by the kids that binge drink on the bridges outside Zouk (so as to avoid the high priced drinks inside), the street cleaners have started leaving bins out every 3 metres. of course in the morning you still have to dodge the vomit and occasional comatose kid who gets left behind, but at least the broken glass has been markedly reduced.

  2. 3 m'sia shimbun 28 November 2011 at 10:45

    actually, the only thing that men (from around the world) like and know about japan is its hardcore porn movies.

  3. 4 yuenjonathan 28 November 2011 at 11:33

    > you will be arrested for chewing gums.

    this is incorrect; selling gums is banned, as is the improper disposal of the chewed gum; chewing in itself is legal, in fact, LHL himself confirmed this during a recent interview (I believe at an APEC meeting)

    I assume bringing a large quantity of gums into Singapore as part of your luggage might be considered illegal if the amount appears beyond the need for personal chewing; the customer officer is probably authorized to confiscate the excess gums, though I have not looked into the legal situation to be sure.

    • 5 SH 29 November 2011 at 18:14

      Actually, I am always confused about the chewing gum situation here. As I understand as well, what is illegal is only the selling. Chewing is still fine, as long as we dispose properly.

      In this case, why the need to stop locals from bringing chewing gum at the checkpoint ?

      Once my friend was stopped at the 2nd link checkpoint for bringing in a tube of gum, which was obviously for own consumption.

      I never understood the rational behind this.

      • 6 yuen 30 November 2011 at 08:23

        I believe the confusion comes from the meaning of “import”, which could be “bring into country as part of business” or just “bring into country”; LHL’s reply in his recent interview appears to indicate the former, and custom officers on the ground appear to indicate the latter

        another way of looking at it: “thou shall not kill, but you need not strive to keep alive” – chewing is legal, but there is nothing to enable it to actually happen

    • 7 Agagooga 30 November 2011 at 23:07

      “2. Will I be able to bring chewing gum into Singapore?

      Except for chewing gum with therapeutic value, the importation into Singapore of any chewing gum is prohibited under the Regulation of Imports and Exports (Chewing Gum) Regulations. The prohibition on the import of chewing gum except for those of therapeutic value is absolute. Therefore, no allowance is given for any person to import them for personal consumption”

  4. 8 yewmun 28 November 2011 at 15:07

    If the sale of chewing gum is banned, then it makes sense to stock up on my collection of gums right? After all, I won’t want to go oversea to buy my gums every week. But I can’t do that as the custom officer will confiscate it. And how much is too much? I have people telling me different numbers. And I have a friend who has his 3 pieces of chewing gums cut to pieces and thrown into the bin by the custom officer. How is 3 pieces beyond the need for personal chewing?

  5. 9 The 28 November 2011 at 15:38

    They are pretty lenient about chewing gums at the Tuas Checkpoint. Your gums will be confiscated and dump into the typical office rubbish bin, your name entered in pencil and that’s it. They probably pick up the stacks of gums after you leave and keep it for themselves or bring them back for their children.

  6. 10 Anonymous 28 November 2011 at 17:41

    Hahaha brilliant. Another ‘own goal’ for the idiotic singapore government. What a reputation to have for a country. (For those who dont think Singapore is part of China like most of the world do anyway).

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