Public Entertainments (Amendment) Bill

Bill No. 13/1979

Read the first time on 5th March 1979.
An Act to amend the Public Entertainments Act (Chapter 259 of the Revised Edition).
Be it enacted by the President with the advice and consent of the Parliament of Singapore, as follows: —
Short title
1.  This Act may be cited as the Public Entertainments (Amendment) Act, 1979.
Amendment of section 2
2.  Section 2 of the Public Entertainments Act (hereinafter in this Act referred to as the principal Act) is amended —
(a)by inserting, immediately after the definition of “approved place” therein, the following definition: —
“ “film” includes any record, however made, of a sequence of visual images, which is a record capable of being used as a means of showing that sequence as a moving picture;”;
(b)by deleting the words “coin or disc operated table, board or other appliance” in the first and second lines of the definition of “pin-table” therein and substituting therefor the words “table, board or other appliance operated by hand or by coin, disc, electricity or any other means which is”; and
(c)by deleting the definition of “public entertainment” therein and substituting therefor the following: —
“ “public entertainment” includes —
(a)plays, operas, pantomimes, variety acts, performances of music, singing, dancing, gymnastics, acrobatics and legerdemain, tableaux, demonstrations, displays and parades;
(b)displays of fireworks, set pieces, commemorative decorations and representations of real or mythical creatures;
(c)circuses and exhibitions of animals or abnormal persons;
(d)amusement parks and fun fairs;
(e)exhibitions of models, reading matter, pictures, photographs or of statuary or other forms of representation of human or animal figures;
(f)exhibitions of films, peep-shows and puppet-shows;
(g)reproductions or transmissions otherwise than in association with a film, by any means other than telephony or radio telephony, of any music, song or speech;
(h)machines and devices by the manipulation of which chances are given of obtaining prizes in money or kind;
(j)sporting contests of any kind between any number of persons or animals other than that organized by any registered society, trade union, company or association;
(k)organized competitions at games of skill or chance;
(l)play-readings, recitals, lectures, talks, addresses, debates and discussions;
(m)charitable distributions, auctions and sales of goods for philanthropic or charitable purposes, fetes and garden parties;
(n)trade fairs consisting in the exhibition, advertisement or sale of the products of industries or of materials; or
(o)any combination of any of the above forms of public entertainment,
in any place to which the public or any class of the public has access whether gratuitously or otherwise, but does not include —
(i)public entertainment at gatherings and celebrations officially arranged by the official representative in Singapore of any government;
(ii)public entertainment provided by or under the auspices of the Government or any department of the Government or any authority constituted under any written law relating to local government;
(iii)ceremonies, rites, services and celebrations lawfully conducted by priests or ministers of religion in premises consecrated generally or specially for the conduct thereof;
(iv)addresses, debates and discussions at meetings of public companies, chambers of commerce, registered trade unions, registered political associations or exempted or registered societies from which persons who are not shareholders or members, as the case may be, are excluded.”.
Repeal and re-enactment of section 10
3.  Section 10 of the principal Act is repealed and the following substituted therefor: —
“10.In issuing a licence the Licensing Officer may impose such conditions as he thinks fit.”.
Amendment of section 14
4.  Subsection (1) of section 14 of the principal Act is amended by inserting, immediately after the word “licence” at the end of paragraph (d) thereof, the words “or is contrary to the public interest”.
Amendment of section 18
5.  Subsection (1) of section 18 of the principal Act is amended by deleting the word “two” in the last line thereof and substituting therefor the word “five”.