Military Manoeuvres (Amendment) Bill

Bill No. 26/1982

Read the first time on 3rd December 1982.
An Act to amend the Military Manoeuvres Act (Chapter 232 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 Military Manoeuvres (Amendment) Act, 1982.
Repeal and re-enactment of section 6
2.  Section 6 of the Military Manoeuvres Act (referred to in this Act as the principal Act) is repealed and the following section substituted therefor:
6.—(1)  If within a manoeuvring ground and during the continuance of any military manoeuvres under this Act, any person —
(a)wilfully and unlawfully interferes with the execution of the manoeuvres;
(b)without due authority enters or remains in any camp;
(c)without due authority moves any flag or other mark distinguishing for the purposes of the manoeuvres any lands; or
(d)maliciously cuts or damages any telegraph or telephone wire laid down by or for the use of the forces engaged in the manoeuvres,
he shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to both such fine and imprisonment.
(2)  Such person may be arrested without a warrant and any animal or vehicle under his charge may be removed by any police officer or by order of any commissioned officer of the forces engaged in the manoeuvres.”.
Amendment of section 11
3.  Section 11 of the principal Act is amended —
(a)by deleting paragraph (a) of subsection (1) and substituting the following paragraph:
(a)exclude all persons not engaged in the military or air force exercises from the whole or any part of the firing ground;”;
(b)by deleting the full-stop at the end of paragraph (b) and substituting the word “; and”, and by inserting immediately thereafter the following paragraph:
(c)prescribed a penalty not exceeding two thousand dollars or six months’ imprisonment or both for any contravention of any rule.”; and
(c)by deleting subsections (5) and (6) and substituting the following subsections:
(5)  Where an area to which rules made under this section apply consists of any sea or tidal water, or the shore thereof, and the boundaries of the area cannot, in the opinion of the Armed Forces Council, be conveniently marked by permanent marks, those boundaries shall be deemed to be sufficiently marked for the purposes of this Act if sufficient means are taken to warn the public from entering the area.
(6)  Any officer, warrant officer, non-commissioned officer or military policeman of the Singapore Armed Forces or any police officer may arrest without warrant any person found in any firing ground in contravention of the rules made under this section and may remove him and any animal or vehicle under his charge.”.
Miscellaneous amendments
4.  The principal Act is amended by deleting the words “Army Board” wherever they appear in the following provisions and substituting in each case the words “Armed Forces Council”:
Sections 2(1), 2(2), 4, 5(1), 9(1) (and marginal note), 10(1) (and marginal note), 11(1), 13(2) and 14(1).