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Long Title

Part I PRELIMINARY

Part II OFFENCES AGAINST PUBLIC ORDER AND NUISANCE

Part III OTHER OFFENCES

Part IV VAGRANCY

Part V TOUTING

Part VI FRAUDULENT POSSESSION OF PROPERTY

Part VII MISCELLANEOUS

Legislative History

 
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PART III
OTHER OFFENCES
Soliciting in public place
19.  Every person who in any public road or public place persistently loiters or solicits for the purpose of prostitution or for any other immoral purpose shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000 and, in the case of a second or subsequent conviction, to a fine not exceeding $2,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both.
[10/89]
Riotous, disorderly or indecent behaviour in, or in the immediate vicinity of, certain places
20.  Any person who is found guilty of any riotous, disorderly or indecent behaviour in any public road or in any public place or place of public amusement or resort, or in the immediate vicinity of, or in, any court, public office, police station or place of worship, shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $2,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both and, in the case of a second or subsequent conviction, to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both.
[10/89]
Wilful trespass on property
21.
—(1)  Any person who without satisfactory excuse wilfully trespasses on any ground belonging to the Government or appropriated to public purposes, or in or on any dwelling-house or premises or any land or ground attached thereto, or on any boat or vessel, not thereby in any of such cases causing any actual damage, or not causing in the opinion of the Magistrate’s Court more than nominal damage, shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000.
[10/89]
(2)  Any officer or non-commissioned officer of the army, navy or air force of Singapore or of any visiting forces lawfully present in Singapore may, with or without warrant, arrest any person offending in his view against the provisions of this section, and that person may be brought before a Magistrate’s Court to be dealt with according to law.
Possession of housebreaking implements or offensive weapons
22.
—(1)  Any person who is found —
(a)
armed with any dangerous or offensive instrument without lawful authority or a lawful purpose;
(b)
having his face covered or otherwise found disguised with intent to commit any offence; or
(c)
armed with any article or instrument for use in the course of or in connection with any housebreaking,
shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years; and any instrument or article found in the possession of that person shall be forfeited.
[10/89; 12/96]
(2)  In any prosecution for an offence under subsection (1)(a), it shall be sufficient for the prosecution to allege and prove that the accused was found to be armed with any dangerous or offensive instrument and the onus shall then be upon the accused to show that he had lawful authority or a lawful purpose to be so armed.
[12/96]
(3)  An instrument shall be presumed to be carried with lawful authority if it is carried —
(a)
by any member of the Singapore Armed Forces, the Singapore Police Force, the Singapore Civil Defence Force, any auxiliary police force created under any written law, a forensic specialist or civilian police assistant acting in the course of his duty as such in accordance with the Police Force Act (Cap. 235), or of any visiting force lawfully present in Singapore under the provisions of any law relating to visiting forces; or
[3/2005 wef 10/06/2005]
(b)
by any person as part of his official or ceremonial dress on any official or ceremonial occasion.
[12/96]
(4)  Any person who —
(a)
is a reputed thief, is found on board any vessel or boat, or loitering in any street, road, yard or other place and does not give a satisfactory account of himself; or
(b)
is found in any dwelling-house or other building without being able satisfactorily to account for his presence therein,
shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months.
[10/89]
(5)  Every offence under this section shall be deemed to be a seizable offence within the meaning of the Criminal Procedure Code (Cap. 68).
[10/89]
Carrying truncheons, etc., in public places
22A.
—(1)  Except as provided in this section or any other written law, no person shall, in any public place, carry or have in his possession or under his control (whether or not in the performance of his functions as a private investigator, security officer or security service provider licensed under the Private Security Industry Act 2007) any truncheon, handcuffs, or such other weapon or equipment as may from time to time be specified by the Minister in a notification published in the Gazette.
[Act 2 of 2012 wef 01/03/2012]
(2)  Any private investigator, security officer or security service provider licensed under the Private Security Industry Act 2007, or any other person, who contravenes subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one month or to both.
[Act 2 of 2012 wef 01/03/2012]
(3)   Nothing in this section shall prohibit or prevent the carrying of any truncheon, handcuffs or specified weapon or equipment by a police officer, an auxiliary police officer, a forensic specialist or civilian police assistant acting in the course of his duty as such in accordance with the Police Force Act, or a member of the Singapore Armed Forces or of any visiting force lawfully present in Singapore under any law relating to visiting forces.
[Act 2 of 2012 wef 01/03/2012]
(4)  A private investigator, security officer or security service provider who is licensed under the Private Security Industry Act 2007 may be authorised to carry or have in his possession in any public place any truncheon, handcuffs or specified weapon or equipment if, and only if —
(a)
the licensing officer under that Act is satisfied that it is necessary for the performance of his functions as a private investigator, security officer or security service provider, and it is appropriate for permission to be given for such carrying or possession;
(b)
the private investigator’s licence, the security officer’s licence or the security service provider’s licence, as the case may be, is endorsed (with or without conditions) by the licensing officer to permit such carrying or possession; and
(c)
the truncheon, handcuffs, weapon or equipment is of the type approved by that licensing officer.
[Act 2 of 2012 wef 01/03/2012]
(5)  The Commissioner of Police may authorise, subject to such conditions of authorisation as he thinks fit to impose, any person, or every person belonging to a class of persons, to carry or have in the person’s possession or under the person’s control in any public place any truncheon, handcuffs or specified weapon or equipment, if —
(a)
the Commissioner of Police is satisfied that such carrying, possession or control is necessary in the circumstances, and it is appropriate for permission to be given for such carrying, possession or control; and
(b)
the truncheon, handcuffs, weapon or equipment is of the type approved by the Commissioner of Police.
[Act 2 of 2012 wef 01/03/2012]
(6)  The Commissioner of Police may at any time —
(a)
revoke any authorisation under subsection (5); or
(b)
add to, vary or revoke any condition of authorisation imposed under subsection (5).
[Act 2 of 2012 wef 01/03/2012]
(7)  In this section —
“public place” includes any premises or place to which the public has or is permitted to have access, whether on the invitation of the owners or occupiers thereof or on payment or otherwise;
“specified weapon or equipment” means any weapon or equipment specified by the Minister under subsection (1).
[Act 2 of 2012 wef 01/03/2012]
[38/2007 wef 27/04/2009]
Penalty for taking intoxicant, etc., into public hospital
23.  Any person who takes or attempts to take without due permission into any public hospital any intoxicating liquor, drug or preparation shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 months, and such liquor, drug or preparation and the vessels containing the same shall be forfeited.
[10/89]
Improper management of house of public resort
24.  Any person who being the keeper of any house licensed under any written law as a public house or as a retail liquor shop or which is used as a place of public entertainment or public resort —
(a)
knowingly permits any unlawful games or gaming therein;
(b)
knowingly permits prostitutes or persons of notoriously bad character or drunken and disorderly persons to assemble or continue in or upon his premises;
(c)
knowingly allows the deposit therein of goods having reasonable cause to believe them to be stolen; or
(d)
does or permits any act in contravention of his licence,
shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $2,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months, and to the forfeiture of his licence, if any.
[10/89]