Singapore: Undiplomatic Cut

The island republic of Singapore recently proclaimed itself "a bastion of resistance to the social pollution of hippies." Last week, after Singapore police arrested three long-haired youths from neighboring Malaysia, the young men were held in jail for 17 hours until they consented to being given short haircuts. A barber was duly fetched, and each of the young Malaysians was required to pay 330 to have his long locks trimmed. When the shorn youths returned home, their countrymen were outraged—and reacted accordingly. The Malaysian government delivered a stern protest note to Singapore's ranking diplomatic representative in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian...

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