Singapore Mariners’ Club Bill

Bill No. 5/1970

Read the first time on 9th March 1970.
An Act to incorporate the Singapore Mariners’ Club and to repeal the Singapore Asian Seamen’s Club Incorporation Ordinance (Chapter 319 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 Singapore Mariners’ Club Act, 1970.
Constitution of body corporate
2.—(1)  There shall be constituted in Singapore a body corporate under the name of “the Singapore Mariners’ Club” (hereinafter in this Act referred to as “the corporation”).
(2)  The corporation may sue or be sued in its said name and shall have perpetual succession and a common seal, and may from time to time make, change, alter and make anew the said seal as the corporation may deem fit.
3.  The corporation may acquire, purchase, lease, take hold and enjoy movable and immovable property of every description, and subject as hereinafter provided may sell, convey, assign, surrender and yield up, mortgage, demise, reassign, transfer or otherwise dispose of any movable and immovable property vested in the corporation upon such terms as the corporation may deem fit.
Objects and general purposes
4.  The objects and general purposes of the corporation are —
(a)to establish and maintain a Club and, if necessary branches thereof, for members of the mercantile marine;
(b)to erect buildings on any immovable property of the corporation for the purpose of such a Club or branches, or for the purpose of developing the property of the corporation, and to maintain repair, alter and reconstruct any such buildings;
(c)to provide board and accommodation for members of the mercantile marine on such terms as may from time to time be deemed expedient;
(d)to receive and disburse for the proper purposes of such Club and branches all sums available for the said purposes, whether provided from public funds or contributed by the Government or any foreign government or shipping companies or persons, and all sums received as fees or in payment of board and accommodation or rents; and
(e)such other purposes as are identical with or conducive to the attainment of the objects and general purposes of the corporation.
Committee of management
5.  The affairs of the corporation shall be managed by a committee constituted under the provisions of section 7 of this Act (hereinafter in this Act referred to as “the Committee”) and the Committee shall have full control of the income and capital funds and the property of the corporation, and shall govern, direct and decide all matters whatsoever connected with the appointment of officers and servants to be paid out of the funds of the corporation and for the administration of the affairs of the corporation and the accomplishment of the objects and general purposes of the corporation and the Committee shall have and may exercise all the powers conferred on the corporation by this Act.
Execution of documents
6.  All deeds, documents or other instruments requiring the seal of the corporation and having received the approval of a majority of the Committee shall be sealed with the common seal of the corporation in the presence of two members of the Committee, who shall sign every such deed, document or other instrument to which the common seal is affixed, and such signing shall be sufficient evidence that the said seal was duly and properly affixed and that the same is the lawful seal of the corporation.
Constitution of Committee
7.—(1)  The Committee shall consist of —
(a)a Chairman;
(b)four persons representing shipowners;
(c)four persons representing seafarers; and
(d)three other members,
all of whom shall be appointed by the Minister for a period not exceeding two years.
(2)  Every member of the Committee including the Chairman shall retire on the expiration of the period for which he was appointed but shall be eligible for re-appointment.
(3)  On a vacancy occurring in the Committee by reason of death, inability to act, resignation, absence from Singapore for more than six months or the revocation of an appointment, such vacancy shall be filled by appointment by the Minister and any person so appointed shall hold office only for so long as the member in whose place he is appointed would have held office had he not ceased to be a member of the Committee.
8.  The Committee may, with the approval of the Minister, make rules —
(a)to regulate the proceedings of the Committee, the calling of meetings, the quorum necessary for the transaction of business, the voting of the members of the Committee and the appointment of a vice-chairman, and the procedure for the transaction of business;
(b)for the appointment of sub-committees;
(c)for the appointment and the payment of a remuneration to the secretary, if so necessary;
(d)to allocate duties to and to regulate the exercise of executive power by the Committee, sub-committees and the officers of the corporation;
(e)to regulate the keeping and presentation of accounts;
(f)to regulate the conduct of the Club or branches maintained or established by the corporation, and the admission of boarders or visitors;
(g)to regulate the appointment, conduct or dismissal of officers and servants of the corporation; and
(h)to generally carry out the purposes of this Act.
9.  The Singapore Asian Seamen’s Club Incorporation Ordinance (Cap. 319) is hereby repealed.