13. The principal Act is amended by inserting, immediately after section 16, the following sections:
16A. Any person who obstructs, hinders or impedes the Director or any authorised officer in the performance or execution of his duty or anything which he is authorised, empowered or required to do under this Act or any regulations made thereunder shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both.
16B. No suit or other legal proceedings shall lie against the Director, any authorised officer or any member of an advisory committee established under section 2A(5), for anything which is done in good faith in the execution or purported execution of this Act or any regulations made thereunder.
16C. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in the Criminal Procedure Code (Cap. 68), a District Court or a Magistrate’s Court shall have jurisdiction to try any offence under this Act or any regulations made thereunder and to impose the full penalty or punishment in respect of any such offence.
—(1) The Director may, in his discretion, compound any offence under this Act or any regulations made thereunder which is prescribed as a compoundable offence by collecting from a person reasonably suspected of having committed the offence a sum of money not exceeding $2,000.
(2) On payment of such sum of money, no further proceedings shall be taken against such person in respect of the offence.
—(1) The Minister may, subject to such terms or conditions as he may impose, exempt any private hospital, medical clinic, clinical laboratory or healthcare establishment from all or any of the provisions of this Act or any regulations made thereunder.
(2) An exemption granted under this section may be revoked at any time.”.