—(1) The President may, whenever he considers it expedient to do so, issue a commission appointing one or more commissioners and authorising such commissioners, or any quorum of them therein mentioned, to inquire into —
the conduct of any officer or officers in the public service of Singapore;
the conduct or management of any department of the public service or any public or local institution; or
any matter in which an inquiry would, in the opinion of the President, be for the public welfare or in the public interest.
(2) The commission issued by the President shall specify the subject of the inquiry and, at the discretion of the President, may —
specify any particular matters as to which the commissioners are to determine the facts;
direct whether the commissioners are to make recommendations;
direct where and when the inquiry shall be held and the report of the inquiry submitted;
prescribe how the inquiry is to be conducted, including whether the Attorney-General is appointed to lead evidence in the inquiry; and
direct whether the inquiry or any part of the inquiry shall or shall not be held in public.
(3) The President may modify the terms of reference issued under subsection (2) on the recommendation of the commissioners.
(4) The President may extend the time for the inquiry to be completed and for the submission of the report of the inquiry by the commission.
[UK Inquiries Act, s. 5(3) and (6)(b) and (c); COI Act, ss. 2(1) and (2)(b), (c) and (d), 4]