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7 Jun, 2014

Singaporean man sought consular help to get ‘bad sex’ refund | The Japan Times

SINGAPORE – Singapore on Thursday urged its globe-trotting citizens to avoid misusing consular services abroad, revealing “odd requests,” including one man who demanded help to get a refund for bad sex.

Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam said the number of overseas trips made by Singaporeans surged to 7 million in 2013, compared to 3.6 million a decade ago. “We handled over 3,000 consular cases last year. Many cases are genuine. But sometimes we do get odd requests,” he said in a Facebook post.

In one instance, Shanmugam said, a Singaporean sought Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) intervention “for a refund after he had gotten illegal sexual services in a foreign country.”

“He wasn’t satisfied with what he had gotten. We had to tell him that MFA could not help,” Shanmugam explained.

Read the rest: Singapore urges citizens to avoid consular requests for ‘bad sex’ refunds | The Japan Times.