Immigration (Amendment) Bill

Bill No. 52/1973

Read the first time on 28th August 1973.
An Act to amend the Immigration Act (Chapter 81 of the Revised Edition).
Be it enacted by the President with the advice and consent of the Parliament of Singapore, as follows: —
Short title and commencement
1.  This Act may be cited as the Immigration (Amendment) Act, 1973 and shall come into operation on such date as the Minister may, by notification in the Gazette, appoint.
Amendment of section 56
2.  Section 56 of the Immigration Act is hereby amended —
(a)by deleting the forty-fourth to the fifty-fourth lines of subsection (1) thereof and substituting therefor the following: —
shall be guilty of an offence and —
(i)in the case of an offence under paragraph (c) of this subsection shall be punished with imprisonment for a term of not less than two years and not more than five years and shall also be liable to a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars and to caning;
(ii)in the case of an offence under paragraph (a), (b), (d) or (e) of this subsection shall be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to a fine not exceeding six thousand dollars or to both such imprisonment and fine; and”;
(b)by inserting immediately after the word “subsection” appearing in the second line of paragraph (iii) thereof the words “shall be liable”; and
(c)by inserting immediately after subsection (4) thereof the following new subsection: —
(5)  Where in any proceedings for an offence under paragraph (c) of subsection (1) of this section, it is proved that the defendant has conveyed any prohibited immigrant in any vessel, aircraft or vehicle, it shall be presumed, until the contrary is proved, that he is engaged in the business or trade of conveying to Singapore in or on such vessel, aircraft or vehicle such prohibited immigrant knowing him to be, or having reasonable grounds for believing him to be, a prohibited immigrant.”.