Singapore's Weird Fill-Up Rule

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In an effort to placate its neighbor Malaysia, Singapore has imposed a rule that allows cars to leave the state with a 3/4 tank of gas, due to Malaysian complaints that S'pore residents were simply popping over the border and benefitting from the state-subsidized low, low fuel prices. But the crafty people of Singapore, who did a lot with no real resources but a port and some ingenuity (oh, and the caning...don't forget the caning) have figured out how mess with their gas gauges so they read 3/4-full when they're practically empty. Singapore citizens 1, Kuala Lumpur, 0.

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DISCUSSION

The rule wasn't implemented because of Malaysia. It was implemented because the petrol companies in Singapore complained to the Singapore government that they were losing money because Singaporeans were filling up in Malaysia where petrol was cheaper.