—(1) Any notice, order or other document required or authorised by this Act to be served on any person may be served —
by delivering it to the person or to some adult member or employee of his family or household at his usual or last known place of residence;
by leaving it at his usual or last known place of residence or business in an envelope addressed to the person;
by sending it by post to him at his usual or last known place of residence or place of business in Singapore;
in the case of a body corporate, by delivering it to the secretary of the body corporate at its registered or principal office or sending it by post to the secretary of that body corporate at that office;
if the document is to be served on the master of a vessel or on a person on board a vessel, by delivering it to any person being or appearing to be in command or charge of the vessel; or
if the document is to be served on the master of a vessel and there is no master, by serving it on the owner of the vessel or on the agent of the owner or, where no such agent is known or can be found, by affixing it on some conspicuous part of the vessel.
(2) Any notice, order or other document required by this Act to be served on the owner or occupier of any premises or vessel or on the master of any vessel shall be deemed to be properly addressed if addressed by the description of the “owner” or “occupier” or “master” of such premises or vessel, as the case may be, without specifying any further name or description.
(3) A notice, order or other document required by this Act to be served on the owner or occupier of any premises may be served by delivering it to some adult person on the premises or, if there is no such person on the premises to whom the same can with reasonable diligence be delivered, by affixing it on some conspicuous part of the premises.
61. Where any notice served in accordance with section 60 requires any act to be done or work to be executed by the owner or the occupier or the person in charge of any premises or vessel and there is default in complying with the requirement of the notice, the owner, occupier or the person in default shall, where no fine is specially provided for the default, be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to fine not exceeding $10,000.
—(1) No misnomer or inaccurate description of any person, thing or place named or described in any document prepared, issued or served under or for the purposes of this Act shall in any way affect the operation of this Act as respects that person, thing or place if that person, thing or place is so designated in the document as to be identifiable.
(2) No proceedings taken under this Act shall be invalid for want of form.
—(1) All records, registers and other documents kept by the Director-General, the Director, any Port Health Officer or Health Officer or officer of the Board for the purposes of this Act shall be deemed to be public documents, and copies thereof or extracts therefrom certified by the officer responsible for the custody thereof to be true copies or extracts, as the case may be, subscribed by such officer with his name and his official title shall be admissible in evidence as proof of the contents of the documents or extracts therefrom.
[5/2001; 4/2002; 5/2003]
(2) In any proceedings for the recovery of costs and expenses incurred by the Director-General, the Director, a Port Health Officer or a Health Officer, a certificate purporting to be under the hand of the Director-General or the Director and specifying —
the costs and expenses claimed as due and payable; and
the person named in the certificate as liable for the payment thereof,
shall be prima facie evidence of the facts certified therein and of the signature of the Director-General or the Director thereto, as the case may be.
64. Any person who —
in any way hinders or obstructs or assists in hindering or obstructing any person in the exercise of any power conferred by this Act; or
being required to provide any information or documents under this Act (including as a condition of any order, notice or requirement made or given), provides any information or document which he knows to be false or misleading,
shall be guilty of an offence.
65. Any person guilty of an offence under this Act for which no penalty is expressly provided shall —
in the case of a first offence, be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both; and
in the case of a second or subsequent offence, be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $20,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both.
66. Every offence under this Act may be tried by a Magistrate’s Court, and that Court may, notwithstanding anything in the Criminal Procedure Code (Cap. 68), award the full punishment with which the offence is punishable.
67. No suit or other legal proceedings shall lie against the Government, the Agencyor any other person for anything which is in good faith done or omitted to be done in the exercise of any power or the performance of any duty or function under this Act.
68. The Director-General or the Director may compound any offence under this Act by accepting from the person reasonably suspected of having committed that offence a sum not exceeding $5,000.
—(1) All fees, charges, composition sums and moneys collected by the Director in connection with the administration of this Act shall be paid into the Consolidated Fund.
(2) All fees, charges, composition sums and moneys collected by the Director-General in connection with the administration of this Act shall be paid to the Agency.
70. The appropriate Minister may, from time to time, by notification in the Gazette, amend any of the Schedules.
71. The appropriate Minister may, subject to such conditions and for such period or periods as he thinks fit, exempt any person, premises, vessel, vehicle or article or any class of persons, premises, vessels, vehicles or articles from any of the provisions of this Act.
72. Except so far as may be expressly provided in this Act, nothing in this Act shall be construed so as to limit or affect in any way the provisions of any other written law.
—(1) The appropriate Minister may make regulations for carrying out the purposes and provisions of this Act for which he is responsible.
(2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), the appropriate Minister may make regulations with respect to all or any of the following matters:
the establishment and maintenance of quarantine stations for persons and animals, and for regulating the management thereof;
the cleansing, disinfecting, fumigating and treatment of vessels and premises;
the prohibition on importation, exportation or transhipment of infected merchandise, articles or clothing;
the prescribing of measures to be taken for the prevention of the spread or transmission of infection by means of any vessel or vehicle departing from any infected area of Singapore;
the prohibition and regulation of the removal of fodder, litter, dung, human dejecta, waste water and other things;
the prescribing of notification and supply of information by medical practitioners of cases of infectious diseases treated by them;
the prescribing of immunisation and vaccination measures and procedures for infectious diseases;
the prescribing of any measure, the prohibition of any act, or the imposing of a duty to do any act, necessary to prevent or control the spread of an infectious disease; and
the prescribing of fees and charges and of any matter which by this Act is required to be prescribed.
(3) The appropriate Minister may, in making any regulations, provide that any contravention of or failure to comply with any regulation shall be an offence punishable with a fine not exceeding $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both.
—(1) Any licence, permit, document, application, approval, permission, order, direction, ruling or notice issued, made, given or approved by the Commissioner of Public Health under any provision of this Act immediately before 1st July 20021 shall be deemed to have been issued, made, given or approved under the same provision by the Director-General.
1 Date of commencement of the National Environment Agency Act 2002 (Act 4 of 2002).
(2) All orders made under sections 8, 15 and 16, as in force immediately before 27th April 20032, shall as from 27th April 2003 continue to be valid and effective as if they were orders made under sections 8, 15 and 16 (as amended by the Infectious Diseases (Amendment No. 2) Act 2003 (Act 7 of 2003).
2 Date of commencement of the Infectious Diseases (Amendment No. 2) Act 2003 (Act 7 of 2003)