ESTABLISHMENT, INCORPORATION AND CONSTITUTION OF BOARD
3. There is hereby established a body to be known as the Housing and Development Board which is a body corporate and has perpetual succession and may sue and be sued in its corporate name.
—(1) The Board shall have a common seal and that seal may from time to time be broken, changed, altered and made anew as the Board considers fit.
(2) Subject to subsection (3), all deeds, documents and other instruments requiring the seal of the Board shall be sealed with the seal of the Board in the presence of the Chairman, or the Deputy Chairman, or a member of the Board, and an officer of the Board authorised by the Board in that behalf, who shall sign every such deed, document or other instrument to which the seal is affixed, and such signing shall be sufficient evidence that the seal was duly and properly affixed and that it is the lawful seal of the Board.
(3) All deeds, documents and other instruments which relate to the sale, lease, assignment, mortgage or assurance whatsoever of any premises sold under the provisions of this Act may be sealed with the seal of the Board in the presence of any officer of the Board duly authorised by the Board to act in that behalf who shall sign every such deed, document or other instrument to which the seal is affixed, and such signing shall be sufficient evidence that the seal was duly and properly affixed and that it is the lawful seal of the Board.
5. The Board may, with the approval of the Minister, make rules in regard to the execution of instruments of any description, the issue of any document and the signing of cheques and as to the proof of documents purporting to be executed, issued or signed by the Board or a member or an officer thereof.
—(1) The Board shall consist of —
a Deputy Chairman; and
not less than 3 but not more than 10 other members,
all of whom shall, subject to subsection (9), be appointed by the Minister and on such conditions as he may determine.
(2) The Minister may, subject to subsection (9), appoint the Chief Executive Officer to be a member of the Board.
(3) Members of the Board shall hold office for such period, not being more than 3 years from the date of their respective appointments, as the Minister may determine and shall be eligible for reappointment on completion of that period.
(4) The Minister may appoint a person to be a temporary member of the Board during the incapacity from illness or otherwise of any member.
(5) The Minister may appoint any member of the Board to be a temporary Chairman or temporary Deputy Chairman during the incapacity from illness or otherwise of the Chairman or the Deputy Chairman, as the case may be.
(6) The Minister may, at any time, accept the resignation of any member of the Board appointed by him.
(7) The Minister may, subject to subsection (9), at any time revoke the appointment of any member of the Board.
(8) On the death, bankruptcy, inability to act, resignation, absence from Singapore for more than 3 months or revocation of the appointment of any member of the Board, the Minister may, subject to subsection (9), appoint a new member who shall hold office for so long as the member in whose place he is appointed would have held office.
(9) No appointment under this section and no revocation of any such appointment shall be made without the President’s concurrence under Article 22A(1)(b) of the Constitution.
(10) The Chairman may, by instrument in writing, authorise any member of the Board to exercise any power or perform any function, other than the functions referred to in section 4(2), conferred on the Chairman by or under this Act.
—(1) No person shall be eligible to be appointed or to remain a member of the Board who —
is an undischarged bankrupt;
has been convicted of an offence by a court of law in Singapore and sentenced to imprisonment for a term of not less than 6 months and has not received a free pardon; or
is mentally disordered and incapable of managing himself or his affairs.
(2) The office of a member of the Board shall become vacant —
on the death of the member;
if the member, without sufficient cause acceptable to the Minister, fails to attend 3 consecutive meetings of the Board;
if the member becomes subject to any of the disqualifications specified in subsection (1); or
if the member resigns his office.
—(1) If any member of the Board has —
any beneficial interest in any land or building situated in an area comprised in any development or redevelopment plan or in any other project of the Board;
any beneficial interest in any company or undertaking with which the Board proposes to make any contract; or
an interest in any such contract,
he shall disclose to the Board the fact of his interest and the nature thereof.
(2) The disclosure under subsection (1) shall be recorded in the minutes of the Board, and the member shall take no part in any deliberation or decision of the Board relating to that plan, project or contract.
9. There shall be paid to members of the Board, out of the funds of the Board, such salaries, fees and allowances or expenses as the Minister may from time to time determine.
—(1) The quorum at all meetings of the Board shall be 4 of whom one shall be the Chairman or the Deputy Chairman, and, in the absence of the Chairman, the Deputy Chairman shall preside at its meetings.
(2) A decision of the majority of the members of the Board present and voting at a meeting of the Board shall be deemed to be a decision of the Board.
(3) In the event of the votes on any question being equal, the member presiding shall have a casting vote in addition to his original vote.
11. The Board may, subject to section 10(1), act notwithstanding any vacancy in its membership.
—(1) The Chairman or other officers authorised by him shall, subject to such standing orders as may be made by the Board as provided in subsection (2), summon all meetings of the Board for the despatch of business.
(2) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Board may make standing orders to regulate its own procedure and, in particular, the holding of meetings, the notice to be given of its meetings, the proceedings thereat, the keeping of minutes and the custody, production and inspection of the minutes.