Constitution and Proceedings of Authority
1.—(1) The Chairman and other members of the Authority shall be appointed by the Minister.
(2) The Minister may appoint the Chief Executive of the Authority or the Chief Executive of the Singapore Broadcasting Authority or both to be a member or members of the Authority.
2.—(1) The Minister may, in his discretion, appoint any member of the Authority to be the Deputy Chairman of the Authority.
(2) The Deputy Chairman so appointed may, subject to such direction as may be given by the Chairman, exercise all or any of the powers exercisable by the Chairman under this Act.
3. A member of the Authority shall hold office on such conditions and for such term, not exceeding 3 years, as the Minister may determine and shall be eligible for reappointment.
4. The Minister may appoint any person to be a temporary member of the Authority during the temporary incapacity from illness or otherwise, or during the temporary absence from Singapore, of any member.
5. The Minister may appoint any member of the Authority to be a temporary Chairman or temporary Deputy Chairman during the temporary incapacity from illness or otherwise, or during the temporary absence from Singapore, of the Chairman or Deputy Chairman, as the case may be.
6. If at any time it appears to the Minister that removal from office of all or any of the members of the Authority is necessary in the interests of the effective and economical performance of the functions of the Authority under this Act, or in the public interest, the Minister may remove from office all or so many of those members of the Authority as he considers necessary in such interests.
7. A member of the Authority may resign his office at any time by giving not less than one month’s notice to the Minister.
8. The Chairman may, in writing, authorise any member of the Authority to exercise any power or perform any function conferred on the Chairman under this Act.
9. The seat of a member of the Authority shall become vacant —
on his death;
if he, without sufficient cause (the sufficiency thereof to be decided by the Authority) fails to attend 3 consecutive meetings of the Authority;
if he becomes in any manner disqualified for membership of the Authority;
if he resigns his seat; or
if his appointment is revoked.
10. If a vacancy occurs in the membership of the Authority, the Minister may, subject to paragraph 1, appoint any person to fill the vacancy and the person so appointed shall hold office for so long as the member in whose place he is appointed would have held office.
11. No person shall be eligible to be appointed or to remain a member of the Authority if he —
is an undischarged bankrupt or has made any arrangement with his creditors;
is incapacitated by physical or mental illness; or
is otherwise unable or unfit to discharge the functions of a member.
12.—(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2), if a member of the Authority has a pecuniary interest, direct or indirect, in any contract, proposed contract or other matter which is before any meeting of the Authority, he shall at that meeting declare the nature of his interest and shall not take part in the consideration or discussion of, or vote on any question with respect to, that contract or other matter, and if the Chairman or the person presiding at that meeting so directs, he shall withdraw from the meeting during the consideration or discussion.
(2) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (1), a general notice given to the members of the Authority by a member to the effect that he is an officer or member of a specified corporation or a member of a specified firm and is to be regarded as interested in any contract which may, after the date of the notice, be made with that corporation or firm shall be deemed to be a sufficient declaration of interest in relation to any contract so made if it specifies the nature and extent of his interest in the specified corporation or firm and his interest is not different in nature or greater in extent than the nature and extent so specified in the general notice at the time any contract is so made.
(3) No such notice under sub-paragraph (2) shall be of effect unless either it is given at a meeting of the Authority or the member takes reasonable steps to ensure that it is brought up and read at the next meeting of the Authority after it is given.
(4) For the purposes of this paragraph, a pecuniary interest of a spouse, parent, son or an adopted son, or daughter or an adopted daughter, of a member shall be treated as a pecuniary interest of the member.
(5) For the purpose of determining whether there is a quorum, a member shall be treated as being present at a meeting notwithstanding that, under this paragraph, he cannot vote or has withdrawn from the meeting.
13.—(1) All deeds, documents and other instruments requiring the seal of the Authority shall be sealed with the common seal of the Authority in the presence of any 2 officers of the Authority duly authorised by the Authority to act in that behalf and shall be signed by those officers and such signing shall be sufficient evidence that the common seal of the Authority has been duly and properly affixed and that the seal is the lawful common seal of the Authority.
(2) The Authority may by resolution or otherwise appoint an officer or employee of the Authority or any other agent, either generally or in a particular case, to execute or sign on behalf of the Authority any agreement or other instrument not under seal in relation to any matter coming within the powers of the Authority.
14. There shall be paid to the members of the Authority, out of the funds of the Authority, such salaries, fees and allowances as the Minister may from time to time determine.
15.—(1) The Authority shall ordinarily meet for the despatch of business at such times and places as the Chairman may from time to time appoint.
(2) At every meeting of the Authority, one half of the number of members shall constitute a quorum.
(3) A decision at a meeting of the Authority shall be adopted by a simple majority of the members present and voting except that, in the case of an equality of votes, the Chairman of the meeting shall have a casting vote.
(4) Where not less than 4 members of the Authority request the Chairman by notice in writing signed by them to convene a meeting of the Authority for any purpose specified in the notice, the Chairman shall, within 7 days from the receipt of the notice, convene a meeting for that purpose.
16. The Authority may act notwithstanding any vacancy in its membership.
17. Subject to this Act, the Authority may make rules regulating its own procedure generally and, in particular, regarding the holding of meetings, the notice to be given of such meetings, the proceedings thereat, the keeping of minutes, the custody, production and inspection of such minutes, and the opening, keeping, closing and auditing of accounts.