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Preamble

Part I PRELIMINARY

Part II GENERAL PROVISIONS RELATING TO INTERNAL SECURITY

Chapter I — Prohibition of organisations and associations of a political or quasi-military character and uniforms, etc.

Chapter II — Powers of preventive detention

Chapter III — Special powers relating to subversive publications, etc.

Chapter IV — Control of entertainments and exhibitions

Chapter V — Other powers for the prevention of subversion

Chapter VI — Miscellaneous

Part III SPECIAL PROVISIONS RELATING TO SECURITY AREAS

Chapter I — Proclamation of security areas

Chapter II — Powers relating to preservation of public security

Chapter III — Offences relating to security areas

Chapter IV — Powers of police and others

Chapter V — General

Chapter VI — Power to make regulations

Part IV MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

FIRST SCHEDULE Laws against which suspected offenders may be forcibly arrested

SECOND SCHEDULE Specified laws

THIRD SCHEDULE Essential services

Legislative History

 
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Chapter III —
Special powers relating to
subversive publications, etc.
Prohibition of printing, sale, etc., of documents and publications
20.
—(1)  Where it appears to the Minister charged with the responsibility for printing presses and publications that any document or publication —
(a)
contains any incitement to violence;
(b)
counsels disobedience to the law or to any lawful order;
(c)
is calculated or likely to lead to a breach of the peace, or to promote feelings of hostility between different races or classes of the population; or
(d)
is prejudicial to the national interest, public order or security of Singapore,
he may by order published in the Gazette prohibit either absolutely or subject to such conditions as may be prescribed therein the printing, publication, sale, issue, circulation or possession of such document or publication.
(2)  An order under subsection (1) may, if the order so provides, be extended so as —
(a)
in the case of a periodical publication, to prohibit the publication, sale, issue, circulation, possession or importation of any past or future issue thereof;
(b)
in the case of a publication which has or appears or purports to have issued from a specified publishing house, agency or other source, to prohibit the publication, sale, issue, circulation or importation of any other publication which may at any time whether before or after the date of the order have or appear or purport to have issued from such specified publishing house, agency or other source.
Objections against orders under section 20
21.  The proprietor or agent in Singapore of the proprietor of any publication which is the subject of an order made under section 20 may, within one month of the date of publication of the order in the Gazette, make an objection against the order to the President, whose decision shall be final and shall not be called in question in any court.
Printing, publishing, etc., in contravention of order under section 20
22.  Any person who prints, publishes, sells, issues, circulates or reproduces a document or publication which is the subject of an order under section 20, or any extract therefrom, shall be guilty of an offence under this Part and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $2,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years or to both:
Provided that no person shall be convicted of an offence under this section if he proves to the satisfaction of the court that the document or publication in respect of which he is charged was printed, published, sold, issued, circulated or reproduced, as the case may be, without his authority, consent and knowledge, and without any want of due care or caution on his part, and that he did not know and had no reason to suspect the nature of the document or publication.
Possession of documents, etc., in contravention of order under section 20
23.
—(1)  Any person who without lawful excuse has in his possession any document or publication the possession of which is prohibited by an order under section 20, or any extract therefrom, shall be guilty of an offence under this Part and shall be liable in respect of a first offence under this section to a fine not exceeding $1,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or to both and, in respect of a subsequent offence to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years.
(2)  In any proceedings against any person for an offence under this section such person shall be presumed, until the contrary is proved, to have known the contents and the nature of the contents of any document or publication immediately after the document or publication came into his possession.
Importation in contravention of order under section 20
24.  Any person who imports or attempts to import or abets the importation of any document or publication or without lawful excuse has in his possession any document or publication imported in contravention of an order under section 20 shall be guilty of an offence under this Part and shall be liable in respect of a first offence under this section to a fine not exceeding $1,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or to both and, in respect of a subsequent offence to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years.
Posting of placards, etc.
25.  Any person who posts or distributes any placard, circular or other document containing any incitement to violence, or counselling disobedience to the law or to any lawful order, or likely to lead to any breach of the peace, shall be guilty of an offence under this Part.
Dissemination of false reports
26.  Any person who, by word of mouth or in writing or in any newspaper, periodical, book, circular or other printed publication or by any other means spreads false reports or makes false statements likely to cause public alarm, shall be guilty of an offence under this Part.
Possession of subversive documents
27.
—(1)  Any person who without lawful excuse carries or has in his possession or under his control any subversive document shall be guilty of an offence under this Part and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years or to both.
(2)  Any person or any office bearer of any association or any responsible member or agent of any organisation who receives any subversive document shall deliver the same without delay to a police officer; and any person, office bearer, member or agent who fails to do so, or who, unless authorised to do so by a police officer not below the rank of superintendent of police, communicates to any other person, or publishes or causes to be published the contents of any such document, shall be guilty of an offence under this Part and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years or to both.
(3)  In this section, “subversive document” means any document having in part or in whole a tendency —
(a)
to excite organised violence against persons or property in Singapore;
(b)
to support, propagate or advocate any act prejudicial to the security of Singapore or the maintenance or restoration of public order therein or inciting to violence therein or counselling disobedience to the law thereof or to any lawful order therein; or
(c)
to invite, request or demand support for or on account of any collection, subscription, contribution or donation, whether in money or in kind, for the direct or indirect benefit or use of persons who intend to act or are about to act, or have acted, in a manner prejudicial to the security of Singapore or to the maintenance of public order therein, or who incite to violence therein or counsel disobedience to the law thereof or any lawful order therein.
(4)  Every document purporting to be a subversive document shall be presumed to be a subversive document until the contrary is proved; and where in any prosecution under this section it is proved that a person was carrying or had in his possession or under his control a subversive document he shall be deemed to have known the contents and the nature of the contents of such document:
Provided that no person shall be convicted of an offence under this section if he proves to the satisfaction of the court —
(a)
that he was not aware of the contents and the nature of the contents of the subversive document which he was carrying or had in his possession or under his control; and
(b)
that he was carrying or had the subversive document in his possession or under his control in such circumstances that at no time did he have reasonable cause to believe or suspect that such document was a subversive document.
Powers of search and seizure of documents
28.
—(1)  Any police officer may, without warrant and with or without assistance —
(a)
enter any search any premises;
(b)
stop and search any vehicle, vessel, train, aircraft or individual, whether in a public place or not,
if he suspects that any document, publication, material or article being evidence of the commission of an offence under this Chapter is likely to be found in such vehicle, vessel, train, aircraft or on such individual, and may seize any document, publication, material or article so found.
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(2)  Any document, publication, material or article seized under subsection (1) shall be destroyed or otherwise disposed of in such manner as the Commissioner of Police may order.
(3)  The Commissioner of Police shall, on making an order under subsection (2), if he has reason to believe that the owner, or person who was in possession immediately before such document, publication, material or article was seized, is in Singapore, cause a notice to be served on that person informing him of the terms of the order.
(4)  Any person aggrieved by an order made under subsection (2) may appeal against the order to the Minister:
Provided that no appeal against the order shall be allowed unless notice of appeal in writing, together with the reasons for the appeal, is given to the Commissioner of Police and to the Minister within 14 days of service of notice of the order under subsection (3).
(5)  Where an order has been made under subsection (2) it shall only be carried into effect if the order has not been appealed against or if any appeal against the order has been dismissed or abandoned.
(6)  No woman shall be searched under this section except by a woman.
Disposal of subversive documents, etc.
29.
—(1)  Where proceedings are taken in respect of any offence under this Chapter the court by or before which the alleged offender is tried shall, on the request of any police officer not below the rank of assistant superintendent of police, on the final determination of those proceedings order that any document, publication, material or article being an exhibit in such proceedings be delivered to such officer for disposal under section 28(2).
(2)  For the purpose of this section, any proceedings shall not be deemed to have been finally determined so long as there is pending any appeal in the matter of the proceedings; and an appeal in the matter shall be deemed to be pending during the ordinary time within which such an appeal may be lodged, and if such an appeal is duly lodged the appeal shall be deemed to be pending until it is decided or withdrawn.