Every transfer of land to specify citizenship status of purchaser or place of registration or incorporation of body corporate
—(1) In every instrument of transfer of land (other than a mortgage, charge or reconveyance) lodged with the Registrar on or after 1st July 1977 there shall be specified, after the name of the person acquiring an estate or interest in land, the name of the country of which he is a citizen, together with the number of the identity card issued to him under the National Registration Act (Cap. 201) or other evidence of his citizenship if he is a citizen of Singapore and, if he is a citizen of any other country, the number of his passport and of his identity card (if he has been issued with one); and where the purchaser is a body corporate there shall be specified its place of registration or incorporation.
(2) Every such person acquiring a title or interest in land under such instrument shall certify on the instrument that the particulars specified in accordance with subsection (1) are correct, and if that person employs an advocate and solicitor to act for him, the advocate and solicitor shall so certify in such form as may be approved by the Registrar. For the purposes of this subsection, the Registrar may require the production of such document as he may think fit.
(3) The Registrar has the power to refuse registration of any such transfer wherein the particulars required by subsection (1) are not specified or wherein the certification required by subsection (2) has not been effected, and where the Registrar has accepted any such transfer, he has the power to cancel the provisional registration of any such transfer or require the person lodging the transfer to withdraw it from registration.
(4) Where the Registrar intends to exercise the power conferred on him by subsection (3) to cancel the provisional registration of any such transfer or to require the person lodging such transfer to withdraw it from registration, he shall give notice in writing to that effect, and shall not for a period of 6 weeks of the date of the notice cancel the provisional registration of any such transfer; and where any such notice requires the transfer to be withdrawn and if during that period subsection (1) or (2) has not been complied with, the Registrar may cancel the provisional registration of such transfer and shall not be bound to give any further notice before effecting such cancellation.
(5) This section shall apply to every instrument of transfer of land irrespective of whether the land is residential property or otherwise.