Powers of President, Minister or other authority to appoint public officer to serve on board and to appoint chairman
—(1) Where under the provisions of any Act power is given to the President, a Minister or any other authority to appoint any person to be a member of any board, commission, committee or similar body, it shall be lawful for the President, Minister or other authority, in the absence of any provision to the contrary, to appoint, by his official designation, any public officer.
(2) On such appointment and until the appointment is cancelled or otherwise determined, the person for the time being holding or carrying out the duties of the office in question shall be a member of that board, commission, committee or similar body.
(3) Where under the provisions of any Act power is given to the President, a Minister or any other authority to appoint any board, commission, committee or similar body, it shall be lawful for the President, Minister or other authority, in the absence of any provision to the contrary, to appoint a chairman of that board, commission, committee or similar body.
43. Where the fiat, authorisation or sanction of the President, a Minister, the Attorney-General, the Solicitor-General, the Public Prosecutor, a Deputy Public Prosecutor or any public officer is necessary before any prosecution or action is commenced or for any purpose in connection with any proceeding, any document purporting to bear the fiat, authorisation or sanction of the President, Minister, Attorney-General, Solicitor-General, Public Prosecutor, Deputy Public Prosecutor or public officer, as the case may be, shall be received as prima facie evidence in any proceeding without proof being given that the signature to such fiat, authorisation or sanction is that of the President, Minister, Attorney-General, Solicitor-General, Public Prosecutor, Deputy Public Prosecutor or public officer, as the case may be.
44. A reference in any written law to any public officer by the usual or common title of his office shall, if there be such an office customarily in Singapore and unless the contrary intention appears, be read and construed as referring to the person for the time being holding or carrying out the duties of that office in Singapore.
—(1) Where any person, public officer, public department or statutory authority is required to do anything for which a fee is to be paid or a charge made under any written law, the person, public officer, public department or statutory authority may decline to do that thing —
until the fee is paid or payment is made; and
where the precise amount of the payment to be made cannot be ascertained until the thing is done, until there is paid such an amount as may be estimated to be the correct amount by the person, public officer, public department or statutory authority required to do that thing.
(2) Where a thing has been done for which an estimated amount has been paid, the amount shall be adjusted to the correct amount either by means of a further payment or by a refund of the amount overpaid.
—(1) Where any act requires to be done or a service performed by a public body, statutory authority or public officer under or in connection with any written law, and no special provision is made thereby or thereunder for making a charge in respect of the act or service, the Minister may, by order published in the Gazette, provide for the imposition of such fees or charges as he may consider proper.
(2) Any fee or charge under any written law made payable to the Government or to any public body, statutory authority or public officer, not being a fee or charge which is regulated by Rules of Court, may by order of the Minister be reduced, remitted or refunded, in whole or in part in the circumstances of any particular case.
47. Any civil or criminal proceedings taken by or against any person by virtue of his office shall not be discontinued or abated by his death, resignation, absence or removal from office, but may be carried on by or against, as the case may be, the person appointed to perform the duties of the office.
48. All printed copies of the Gazette, purporting to be published by authority and to be printed by the Government Printer, shall be —
admitted in evidence by all courts and in all legal proceedings whatsoever without any proof being given that those copies were so published and printed; and
taken and accepted as prima facie evidence of subsidiary legislation, appointments, notifications and other publications therein printed and of the matters and things contained in such subsidiary legislation, appointments, notifications and publications, respectively.
—(1) Where a written law authorises or requires a document to be served on a person, whether the expression “serve”, “give” or “send” or any other expression is used, then, unless the contrary intention appears, the document may be served —
in the case of an individual —
by delivering it to the individual personally; or
by leaving it at, or by sending it by pre-paid post to, the usual or last known address of the place of residence or business of the individual;
in the case of a partnership —
by delivering it to the secretary or other like officer of the partnership; or
by leaving it at, or by sending it by pre-paid post to, the principal or last known place of business of the partnership in Singapore;
in the case of a body corporate —
by delivering it to the secretary or other like officer of the body corporate; or
by leaving it at, or by sending it by pre-paid post to, the registered office or a principal office of the body corporate in Singapore.
(2) Nothing in subsection (1) —
affects the operation of any written law that authorises the service of a document otherwise than as provided in that subsection; or
affects the power of a court to authorise service of a document otherwise than as provided in that subsection.
49. In the measurement of any distance for the purposes of any written law, that distance shall, unless the contrary intention appears, be measured in a straight line on a horizontal plane.
50. In computing time for the purposes of any written law, unless the contrary intention appears —
a period of days from the happening of an event or the doing of any act or thing shall be deemed to be exclusive of the day on which the event happens or the act or thing is done;
if the last day of the period is a Sunday or a public holiday (which days are referred to in this section as excluded days) the period shall include the next following day not being an excluded day;
when any act or proceeding is directed or allowed to be done or taken on a certain day, then, if that day happens to be an excluded day, the act or proceeding shall be considered as done or taken in due time if it is done or taken on the next day afterwards, not being an excluded day;
when any act or proceeding is directed or allowed to be done or taken within any time not exceeding 6 days, excluded days shall not be reckoned in the computation of the time.
—(1) Where any expression of time occurs in any written law or in any instrument whatsoever and whenever the doing or not doing anything at a certain time of the day or night or during a certain part of the day or night has an effect in law, that time shall, unless it is otherwise specifically stated, be held to be standard time as declared by this section.
(2) “Standard time” means standard time as used in Singapore, namely, 8 hours, or such other period as may from time to time be determined by the President by notification in the Gazette, in advance of Coordinated Universal Time.
52. Where no time is prescribed or allowed within which anything shall be done, that thing shall be done with all convenient speed and as often as the prescribed occasion arises.
53. Where in any written law a time is prescribed for doing any act or taking any proceeding and power is given to a court or other authority to extend the time, unless the contrary intention appears, the power may be exercised by the court or other authority although the application for the extension is not made until after the expiration of the time prescribed.
54. No Act shall in any manner whatsoever affect the rights of the Government unless it is therein expressly provided, or unless it appears by necessary implication, that the Government is bound thereby.
55. This Act shall bind the Government.