13. Section 17 of the principal Act is amended —
by deleting paragraph (a) of subsection (2) and substituting the following paragraph:
he is or has been responsible for the design or construction of the building or any of the building works in any capacity except building works relating to the alterations of the building which —
do not affect any key structural element; or
affect any structural element but the effects are localised in nature and do not require any strengthening of any key structural element;”; and
by inserting, immediately after subsection (4), the following subsections:
“(5) Any accredited checker who contravenes subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $50,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or to both.
(6) The Minister may, by notification in the Gazette, exempt from subsection (1) any building or building works owned by or to be carried out for —
the Housing and Development Board;
the Mass Rapid Transit Corporation;
the Port of Singapore Authority; or
any other public authority constituted by any written law.”.