—(1) No instrument or memorial shall be registered —
unless it is duly stamped in accordance with any written law for the time being in force relating to the collection of stamp duties;
so long as any arrears of land revenue after demand for payment has been made remain due to the State in respect of the land included therein or affected thereby or any part of that land;
unless the boundaries of all lands affected thereby have been surveyed and demarcated to the satisfaction of the Chief Surveyor or unless there is annexed to the original instrument presented for registration an assurance plan which is referred to in section 21 of the Land Surveyors Act [Cap. 156] and has been endorsed by the Chief Surveyor to indicate that it has been approved by him with the caution as to the inconclusiveness of its boundaries and dimensions;
if the fees for registration having been demanded remain unpaid; and
which is not in accordance with any written law which applies to assurances affecting land not subject to the Land Titles Act [Cap. 157].
(2) Where the requirement in subsection (1)(c) has not been complied with, the instrument or memorial may be registered under this Act if the Registrar has granted dispensation from compliance with that requirement pursuant to the rules.
(3) If by error any instrument has a wrong town subdivision or mukim number, demarcation lot number or part number, or a wrong area endorsed upon it, the Collector of Land Revenue may visit the land and there hold an inquiry into the matter, and if the Collector is satisfied that all the parties to the instrument who can be found within Singapore or their representatives, if any, admit the error and that the instrument has in fact been wrongly endorsed, then, notwithstanding the absence of any parties who are dead or have left Singapore, the Collector may, by order in writing, direct the endorsement on the instrument to be corrected and may himself make the correction upon the instrument being produced to him.
(4) A certified copy of any order made under subsection (3) shall be served by the Collector on the Registrar who shall make it available for inspection by the public.
(5) Upon the service of a certified copy of any order made under subsection (3) on the Registrar, any instrument, register, book or index kept at the Registry which is affected by the order shall be construed as if the corrections directed by the Collector had been in the instrument, register, book or index and the Registrar shall, if it is practicable for him to do so, make the corrections on the instrument, register, book or index.