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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 presevation 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 II —
Powers relating to presevation of
public security
Danger area
49.
—(1)  The Minister, if he considers it necessary or expedient in the public security to do so, may, by order to be published in the Gazette, declare any area within a security area to be a danger area.
(2)  The limits and extent of every danger area shall be demarcated at the site by such means as will, in the opinion of the Minister, make apparent to persons in or about the area concerned that such area has been declared a danger area.
(3)  No person shall enter or remain in a danger area, and any person who fails to comply with this subsection shall be guilty of an offence under this Part:
Provided that this subsection shall not apply to members of the security forces in the performance of their duty, or to any person accompanied by any such member.
(4)  Any member of the security forces may within a danger area take such measures, including means dangerous or fatal to human life, as he considers necessary to ensure that no person prohibited from entering or remaining in a danger area shall enter or remain in such area.
(5)  No claim of any kind shall accrue to, or in respect of any injury sustained by, any person as a result of his having entered or remained in a danger area in contravention of subsection (3):
Provided that this subsection shall not preclude the award of compensation under any regulations made under section 72 if, in the particular circumstances under which the person sustaining the injury entered or remained in a danger area, the authority empowered to award compensation thereunder considers it equitable to award such compensation.
(6)  Where any land, building or other immovable property is within a danger area, a claim for compensation in respect of such land, building or other immovable property may be made in the manner prescribed by regulations made under section 72.
Controlled area
50.
—(1)  The Minister may, if he considers it expedient in the public security to do so, make an order, which shall be published in the Gazette, declaring any area within a security area to be a controlled area, and in the same or any subsequent order may declare any specified part of such controlled area to be a residential part.
(2)  Every such order shall declare —
(a)
that after the expiration of a period to be specified in the order (which shall not be less than 7 days from the date thereof) and subject to any exemption for which provision may be made by the same or by a subsequent order and to any conditions upon which such exemption may be granted, no person shall reside or continue to reside in any part of a controlled area other than a residential part;
(b)
that between such hours or at such times as may be specified in the order and subject to any exemption for which provision may be made by the same or by a subsequent order and to any conditions upon which such exemption may be granted, no person shall enter or remain in any part of the controlled area other than a residential part.
(3)  Any person who contravenes the provisions of an order made under this section shall be guilty of an offence under this Part.
(4)  No order under this section shall apply to —
(a)
the President;
(b)
any member of the security forces when acting in the course of his duty;
(c)
any person or class of persons exempted from the provisions of such order by the Commissioner of Police or the officer in charge of the division.
Protected place
51.
—(1)  If, as respects any place or premises in any security area, it appears to the Commissioner of Police to be necessary or expedient in the interests of public security or order, or for the maintenance of supplies or services essential to the life of the community, that special precautions should be taken to prevent the entry of unauthorised persons, he may by order declare such place or premises to be a protected place for the purposes of this Part; and so long as the order is in force, no person shall, subject to any exemptions for which provision may be made in the order, enter or remain in that place or those premises without the permission of such authority or person as may be specified in the order.
(2)  Where, in pursuance of this section, any person is granted permission to be in a protected place, that person shall, while acting under such permission, comply with such directions for regulating his conduct as may be given by the Commissioner of Police or by the authority or person granting the permission.
(3)  Any police officer, or any person authorised in that behalf by the officer in charge of the division may search any person entering or seeking to enter, or being in, a protected place, and may detain any such person for the purpose of searching him.
(4)  If any person is in a protected place in contravention of this section, or, while in such a place, fails to comply with any directions given under this section, then without prejudice to any proceedings which may be taken against him, he may be removed from the place by any police officer or any person authorised in that behalf by the occupier of the premises.
(5)  Any person who is in a protected place in contravention of this section or who on being challenged by a police officer wilfully fails to stop or who unlawfully refuses to submit to search shall be guilty of an offence under this Part.
(6)  It shall be lawful for the Commissioner of Police to take or cause to be taken such steps as he may consider necessary for the protection of any protected place, and such steps may extend to the taking of defensive measures which involve or may involve danger to the life of any person entering or attempting to enter the protected place.
(7)  Where any measures involving such danger as aforesaid are adopted, the Commissioner of Police shall cause such precautions to be taken, including the prominent display of warning notices, as he considers reasonably necessary to prevent inadvertent or accidental entry into any protected place, and where such precautions have been duly taken, no person shall be entitled to compensation or damages in respect of injury received or death caused as a result of any unauthorised entry into any such protected place.
(8)  For the purposes of this section, “police officer” shall include —
(a)
any member of the security forces;
(b)
any prison officer;
(c)
any other person performing the duties of a guard or watchman in a protected place, the appointment of whom has been either specially or generally authorised by the Commissioner of Police.
(9)  No woman shall be searched under this section except by a woman.
Exclusion of persons
52.  The officer in charge of a division may by order in writing exclude any person or persons from the division under his charge or from any part thereof, such division or part being part of a security area.
Curfew
53.
—(1)  Every person within any division or part thereof within a security area which may be designated by order by the officer in charge of the division shall remain within doors, or within such area as may be defined in the order, between such hours as may be specified in the order, unless in possession of a written permit in that behalf issued by a police officer of or above the rank of sergeant.
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(2)  No order under this section shall apply to —
(a)
the President;
(b)
any member of the security forces when acting in the course of his duty;
(c)
any person or class of persons exempted from the provisions of such order by the Commissioner of Police or the officer in charge of the division.
Power to take possession of land or buildings
54.
—(1)  The Minister may if it appears to him to be necessary or expedient to do so in the interests of public security, or for the accommodation of any security forces, take possession of any land or of any building or part of a building in any security area and may give such directions as appear to him necessary or expedient in connection with the taking of possession of that land or building.
(2)  Any police officer may take such steps and use such force as appears to him to be reasonably necessary for securing compliance with directions given to any person under subsection (1).
(3)  While any land or building is in the possession of the Minister by virtue of this section, the land or building may, notwithstanding any restriction imposed on the use thereof (whether by any written law or other instrument or otherwise), be used by, or under the authority of, the Minister for such purpose, and in such manner, as the Minister thinks expedient in the interests of public security or for the accommodation of any security forces; and the Minister, so far as appears to him to be necessary or expedient in connection with the taking of possession or use of the land or building in pursuance of this subsection —
(a)
may do, or authorise persons using the land or building as aforesaid to do, in relation to the land or building, anything any person having an interest in the land or building would be entitled to do by virtue of that interest; and
(b)
may by order provide for prohibiting or restricting the exercise of rights of way over the land or building, and of other rights relating thereto which are enjoyed by any person, whether by virtue of an interest in land or otherwise.
(4)  The owner or occupier of any land or building shall, if requested by or on behalf of the Minister to do so, furnish to such authority or person as may be specified in the request such information in his possession relating to the land or building (being information which may reasonably be demanded of him in connection with the execution of this section) as may be so specified.
(5)  For the purposes of this section, there shall be one or more advisory committees consisting of persons appointed by the Minister; and any such committee may make rules for the conduct of its proceedings.
(6)  Any person aggrieved by reason of the taking possession of any land or building under this section may within 14 days after such possession has been taken give notice of his objection thereto to an advisory committee appointed under subsection (5).
(7)  The chairman of an advisory committee to which such notice has been given by an aggrieved person shall inform any person on whose behalf possession of such land or building has been taken, and the advisory committee shall thereupon consider the objection made by the aggrieved person and any grounds which may be put forward against such objections by the person on whose behalf such possession has been taken, and shall forward its recommendations to the Minister.
(8)  The Minister after considering the recommendations of the advisory committee shall give such directions thereon as he may think fit.
Power to order destruction of certain unoccupied buildings
55.
—(1)  Where in any security area any building or structure is left unoccupied by reason of the operation of any order made under this Chapter, the officer in charge of the division in which such building or structure is situated may if it appears to him —
(a)
to be likely that such building or structure will if left standing be used by any person or persons who intend, or are about, to act or have recently acted in a manner prejudicial to public security or by any other person who is likely to harbour any such persons; and
(b)
to be impracticable in any other way to prevent such use,
destroy or authorise the destruction of that building or structure.
(2)  Compensation shall be payable in respect of the destruction of any building or structure under this section if the claimant satisfies the Minister —
(a)
that such building or structure was erected by or with the consent of the person lawfully entitled to the land on which the same was erected; and
(b)
that such building or structure was not liable to forfeiture under any regulations made under section 72:
Provided that compensation may be paid to the owner or occupier of any building or structure erected by or with the consent of the person lawfully entitled to the land on which it was erected, notwithstanding that such building or structure is liable to forfeiture under any regulations made under section 72, if such owner or occupier satisfies the Minister that the building or structure was used by persons who intend, or are about, to act or have recently acted, in a manner prejudicial to public security or that such persons were being or had been harboured by his employee or agent, as the case may be, without his knowledge or consent, and that he exercised all due diligence to prevent such building or structure being so used or the harbouring of such persons, as the case may be.
(3)  Any compensation payable under this section shall be assessed in accordance with regulations made under section 72.
Power to control roads, etc.
56.
—(1)  Any officer in charge of a division or any person duly authorised by any such officer may by order, or by giving directions, or in any other manner, regulate, restrict, control or prohibit the use of any road or waterway in any security area by any person or class of persons or any vehicle or vessel or type or description of vehicle or vessel or close any road or waterway in such area.
(2)  Any officer in charge of a division may, by the issue of permits to which conditions may be attached or in any other manner, regulate, restrict, control or prohibit the travelling by any person or class of persons in any train, motor car, motor bus or vehicle of any description in any security area, and may similarly regulate, restrict, control or prohibit the travelling by any person in any vessel in such area.
Power to seize rice and other food
57.
—(1)  When on duty, any police officer or any member of the security forces of or above the rating or rank of leading rate or non-commissioned officer (as the case may be) or any person authorised in writing to do so by the officer in charge of the division may seize any rice or any other article of food in any security area which by reason of its quantity or its situation is or is likely to or may become available to any persons who intend or are about to act or have recently acted in a manner prejudicial to public security or to the maintenance of public order.
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(2)  Any such police officer or member of such forces as aforesaid may without warrant enter and search any premises if he suspects that any rice or any food liable to seizure under this section is likely to be found on such premises.
(3)  When on duty any police officer or any member of the security forces or any person who is authorised in writing to do so by the officer in charge of the division may stop and search any vessel, vehicle or individual in any security area, whether in a public place or not, if he suspects that any rice or any food liable to seizure under this section is likely to be found on such vessel, vehicle or individual.
(4)  No woman shall be searched under this section except by a woman.