—(1) The Registrar shall, subject to this Act, keep such registers as he considers necessary in such form as he thinks fit.
(2) Any person may, on payment of the prescribed fee —
inspect any document, or if there is a microfilm of any such document, that microfilm, filed or lodged with the Registrar; or
require a certificate of the incorporation of any company or any other certificate issued under this Act or a copy of or extract from any document kept by the Registrar to be given or certified by the Registrar.
(2A) Subsection (2) shall not apply to such exempt private company that is wholly owned by the Government as the Minister may, by notification in the Gazette, specify where he considers that it would not be in the public interest for —
any document relating to any such company maintained by the Registrar in whatever form to be inspected by any member of the public; and
any certificate or copy of or extract from any document relating to any such company to be given or certified to any member of the public.
(2B) Notwithstanding the cancellation of any notification referred to in subsection (2A) in respect of a company, subsection (2) shall not apply to any document or certificate relating to that company that is filed or lodged with the Registrar, or issued under the Act, before the date of such cancellation, whether or not that company remains an exempt private company wholly owned by the Government, and whether or not it has been wound up.
(3) A copy of or extract from any document, including a copy produced by way of microfilm or electronic medium filed or lodged at the office of the Registrar certified to be a true copy or extract under the hand and seal of the Registrar shall in any proceedings be admissible in evidence as of equal validity with the original document.
(4) In any legal proceedings, a certificate under the hand and seal of the Registrar that a requirement of this Act specified in the certificate —
had or had not been complied with at a date or within a period specified in the certificate; or
had been complied with upon a date specified in the certificate but not before that date,
shall be received as prima facie evidence of the matters specified in the certificate.
(5) If the Registrar is of the opinion that any document submitted to him —
contains any matter contrary to law;
by reason of any omission or misdescription has not been duly completed;
does not comply with the requirements of this Act; or
contains any error, alteration or erasure,
he may refuse to register or receive the document and request that the document be appropriately amended or completed and resubmitted or that a fresh document be submitted in its place.
(6) Any party aggrieved by the refusal of the Registrar to register any corporation or to register or receive any document or by any other act or decision of the Registrar may appeal to the Court which may confirm the refusal, act or decision or give such directions in the matter as seem proper or otherwise determine the matter but this subsection shall not apply to any act or decision of the Registrar —
in respect of which any provision in the nature of an appeal or review is expressly provided in this Act; or
which is declared by this Act to be conclusive or final or is embodied in any document declared by this Act to be conclusive evidence of any act, matter or thing.
(7) The Registrar may, if in his opinion it is no longer necessary or desirable to retain any document which has been microfilmed or converted to electronic form, destroy or give it to the National Archives of Singapore.
[Aust., 1961, s. 12]