4. The Criminal Procedure Code (Cap. 68, 1985 Ed.) is amended —
by deleting the marginal note to section 199 and inserting the following section heading:
“Compounding of offences under Penal Code”; and
by inserting, immediately after section 199, the following section:
—(1) This section shall apply in relation to any Act (other than the Penal Code (Cap. 224)) in which there is no provision for the composition of offences thereunder.
(2) Any offence under —
any Act to which this section applies; or
any subsidiary legislation made under that Act,
may be compounded under this section if the offence is prescribed under that Act as a compoundable offence.
(3) For the purpose of subsection (2), the power conferred on any Minister, statutory authority or other person to make subsidiary legislation under any Act to which this section applies shall include the power —
to prescribe the offences under that Act or any subsidiary legislation made thereunder as offences that may be compounded under this section;
to designate the person who may compound such offences; and
to specify the maximum sum for which any such offence may be compoundable, except that the maximum sum so specified shall not exceed —
one half of the amount of the maximum fine that is prescribed for the offence; or
whichever is the lower.
(4) The person designated under subsection (3)(b) may compound any offence prescribed under subsection (3)(a) by collecting from a person who is reasonably suspected of having committed the offence a sum of money not exceeding the maximum sum that is specified under subsection (3)(c) in respect of that offence.
(5) On payment of such sum of money, no further proceedings shall be taken against that person in respect of such offence.”.