Long Title

Part I PRELIMINARY

Part IA POSTAL AUTHORITY

Part II EXCLUSIVE PRIVILEGE AND LICENSING, ETC., OF POSTAL SERVICES

Part III POSTAL SERVICES AND SYSTEMS

Part IV CODES OF PRACTICE AND DIRECTIONS

Part IVA CONTROL OVER DESIGNATED POSTAL LICENSEES

Part V OFFENCES AND PENALTIES

Part VI INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS AND NATIONAL INTERESTS

Part VII ENFORCEMENT POWERS AND PROCEDURES

Part VIII GENERAL PROVISIONS

THE SCHEDULE Powers of Postal Authority

Legislative History

Comparative Table

PART VI
INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS AND NATIONAL INTERESTS
Right to conduct international business dealings
40.  For the purposes of the conduct of any international postal service by a public postal licensee, and subject to this Act, the licensee may enter into direct communication, arrangement and agreement with the lawfully constituted postal authority of any country or with any duly authorised international agency or organisation concerned with postal matters —
(a)
for the purpose of providing facilities, fixing rates, arranging terms of payment or accounting;
(b)
for operational, engineering or administrative purposes; or
(c)
for any other purpose necessary for the proper fulfilment of its functions.
Government’s overriding international rights
41.
—(1)  Nothing in section 40 shall be deemed to abrogate the right of the Government at any time to determine its relations with any country or with any international agency or organisation.
(2)  A public postal licensee shall so discharge its responsibilities and conduct its business as to comply with and fulfil all international agreements, conventions or undertakings relating to postal matters to which Singapore is a party.
Liability for international financial obligations
42.  A public postal licensee shall be fully responsible for meeting all financial obligations arising from the operation of any international postal service and shall settle accounts with other postal authorities.
Contribution by Government
43.  Where the Government considers it necessary that any postal service of an exceptional nature should be provided, and where a public postal licensee considers it uneconomic to provide the service without contribution from the Government, the Government may make such contribution towards the capital outlay necessary to provide any such service as may be estimated by the licensee and agreed to by the Government.
Provision of postal services for governmental, etc., purposes
44.
—(1)  The Minister may direct a public postal licensee to undertake and provide such postal services and facilities as may be necessary for aeronautical, maritime, meteorological, governmental, defence or other purposes.
(2)  Upon being so directed by the Minister, the public postal licensee shall so provide the postal services or facilities referred to in subsection (1) and shall be entitled to fair and proper payment therefor.
Directions by Minister
45.
—(1)  The Minister may, after consultation with the Postal Authority or any postal licensee, give to the Postal Authority or that licensee such directions as the Minister thinks fit as to the exercise by the Postal Authority or that licensee of its functions under this Act.
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(2)  Without prejudice to subsection (1), if it appears to the Minister to be requisite or expedient to do so —
(a)
on the occurrence of any public emergency, in the public interest or in the interests of public security, national defence, or relations with the government of another country; or
(b)
in order —
(i)
to discharge or facilitate the discharge of an obligation binding on the Government by virtue of its being a member of an international organisation or a party to an international agreement;
(ii)
to attain or facilitate the attainment of any other object the attainment of which is in the opinion of the Minister requisite or expedient in view of the Government being a member of an international organisation or a party to an international agreement; or
(iii)
to enable the Government to become a member of an international organisation or a party to an international agreement,
the Minister may, after consultation with the Postal Authority or any postal licensee, give such directions to the Postal Authority or that licensee as are necessary in the circumstances of the case.
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(3)  Any directions given under subsection (1) or (2) may include —
(a)
provisions for the interception or detention of any postal article in the course of transmission by post; and
(b)
provisions for the postal article to be delivered to any officer mentioned in the direction to be dealt with in such manner as the Minister may direct.
(4)  The Postal Authority and any postal licensee shall give effect to any directions given to it under subsection (1) or (2) notwithstanding any other duty imposed on the Postal Authority or that licensee by or under this Act.
(5)  The Postal Authority and any postal licensee shall not disclose any directions given to that person under subsection (1) or (2) if the Minister notifies that person that the Minister is of the opinion that the disclosure of the directions is against the public interest.
(6)  The Minister may make grants to postal licensees for defraying or contributing towards any losses which they may sustain by reason of their compliance with the directions of the Minister under any provision of this section.
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(7)  Any sums required by the Minister for making grants under subsection (6) shall be paid out of the Consolidated Fund.
(8)  If any doubt arises as to the existence of a public emergency or as to whether any act done under this section was in the public interest or in the interests of public security, national defence or relations with the government of another country, a certificate signed by the Minister shall be conclusive evidence of the matters stated therein.