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REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE
GOVERNMENT GAZETTE
ACTS SUPPLEMENT
Published by Authority

NO. 8] Friday, October 4 [1985

The following Act was passed by Parliament on 30th August 1985 and assented to by the President on 24th September 1985:—
Constitution Of The Republic Of Singapore (Amendment) Act 1985

(No. 10 of 1985)


I assent.

WEE KIM WEE
President.
24th September 1985.
Date of Commencement: 2nd January 1986
Be it enacted by the President with the advice and consent of the Parliament of Singapore, as follows:
Short title and commencement
1.  This Act may be cited as the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore (Amendment) Act 1985 and shall come into operation on such date as the President may, by notification in the Gazette, appoint.
Amendment of Article 130
2.  Article 130 of the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore (referred to in this Act as the Constitution) is amended —
(a)
by inserting, at the end of paragraph (a), the word “or”; and
(b)
by deleting paragraphs (b) and (c) and substituting the following paragraph:
(b)
been deprived of his citizenship under Article 129(2)(a) or 134 (1)(a),”.
Amendment of Article 133
3.  Article 133(1) of the Constitution is amended by deleting the words “Article 129, 132” and substituting the words “Article 129, 132, 134”.
Repeal and re-enactment of Articles 134 and 135
4.  Articles 134 and 135 of the Constitution are repealed and the following Articles substituted therefor:
Deprivation of citizenship on acquisition of foreign citizenship
134.
—(1)  The Government may by order deprive a citizen of Singapore of his citizenship if the Government is satisfied that —
(a)
he has, while of or over the age of 18 years, at any time after 6th April 1960 acquired by registration, naturalisation or other voluntary and formal act (other than marriage) the citizenship of any country outside Singapore or having so acquired such citizenship before the age of 18 years continues to retain it after that age; or
(b)
the citizen, being a woman who is a citizen of Singapore by registration under Article 123(2), has acquired the citizenship of any country outside Singapore by virtue of her marriage to a person who is not a citizen of Singapore.
(2)  Where the Government has made an order under this Article depriving a citizen of Singapore of his citizenship, he shall cease to be a citizen with effect from the date of the order.
Deprivation of citizenship on exercise of rights of foreign nationals, etc
135.
—(1)  The Government may by order deprive a citizen of Singapore of his citizenship if the Government is satisfied that —
(a)
he has, while of or over the age of 18 years, at any time after 6th April 1960 voluntarily claimed and exercised any rights (other than any rights in connection with the use of a passport) available to him under the law of any country outside Singapore being rights accorded exclusively to the citizens or nationals of that country;
(b)
he has, while of or over the age of 18 years, at any time after 6th April 1960 applied to the authorities of a place outside Singapore for the issue or renewal of a passport or used a passport issued by such authorities as a travel document; or
(c)
he is of or over the age of 18 years and has, whether before or after attaining the age of 18 years, been ordinarily resident outside Singapore for a continuous period of 10 years (including any period of residence outside Singapore before the commencement of the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore (Amendment) Act 1985) and has not at any time —
(i)
during that period or thereafter entered Singapore by virtue of a certificate of status or travel document issued by the competent authorities of Singapore; or
(ii)
during that period been in the service of the Government or of an international organisation of which Singapore is a member or of such other body or organisation as the President may, by notification in the Gazette, designate.
(2)  For the purposes of clause (1)(a), the exercise of a vote in any political election in a place outside Singapore shall be deemed to be the voluntary claim and exercise of a right available under the law of that place.
(3)  Where the Government has made an order under this Article depriving a citizen of Singapore of his citizenship, he shall cease to be a citizen with effect from the date of the order.”.
Amendment of Third Schedule
5.  The Third Schedule to the Constitution is amended —
(a)
by inserting, immediately after the word “Schedule” at the end of section 4, the words “and, in particular, may provide for the circumstances (including cases of persons ordinarily resident outside Singapore) under which a committee of inquiry under Article 133 is to proceed by way of written representations”; and
(b)
by deleting the words “twenty-one years” in section 6 and substituting the words “18 years”