The Singaporeans, like most other constituents of the hypercapitalist conglomerate that is Southeast Asia, seem to have done a markedly better job in carrying over elements of their traditional culture into their developmental stage than did the Americans. Good for them. Strike every blow home.
Indeed. Singapore might be one of the most conservative countries in the world. People get fined for dropping chewing gum on the street, "gangsterism" is banned from schools and drug dealers (including marijuana) get the death penalty. Kamari Charlton should have realized what kind of country he was in but he didn't. Shame on him to suggest he's entitled to special rights, he should have some solidarity with the indigenous people to show his appreciation for their hospitality.
As a Westerner, and one with more than a slight libertarian streak in him, it does strike me as a bit excessive. But to intrude on their
ground, to overstay your welcome in their nation all the while knowing what sort of punishment it would merit, is the height of stupidity. You don't have to adore an alien culture not to smugly and arrogantly test its wrath. Sadly this is how most Americans are viewed, I fear, by others around the world.