Inquiry Commissions Act
Chapter 48, Section 1970$ Ed
N 33
G.N. No. S 980/1986

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[18 April 1986]
By WEE KIM WEE President of the Republic of Singapore.
Whereas it is provided by the Inquiry Commissions Act that it shall be lawful for the President, whenever he shall deem it advisable, to issue a Commission appointing one or more Commissioners to inquire, inter alia, into any matter in which an inquiry would in the opinion of the President be for the public welfare:
And whereas I am of the opinion that it is in the public welfare that an inquiry should forthwith be made by Commissioners so appointed in accordance with the following terms of reference, namely:
(a)to determine the cause of the collapse of the premises at 305 Serangoon Road on 15th March 1986;
(b)to make recommendations for such appropriate measures that can be taken to prevent a similar occurrence.
Now, therefore, I, WEE KIM WEE, hereby appoint the following persons, namely:
(a)Mr. Justice Thean Lip Ping;
(b)Dr. A. Vijiaratnam;
(c)Prof. Lee Seng Lip; and
(d)Prof. Bengt B. Broms,
to be Commissioners and hereby authorize the said Commissioners to conduct such inquiry in the manner hereinafter directed:
1.  I direct that Mr. Justice Thean Lip Ping shall be the Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry;
2.  I direct that the first sitting of the Commission shall take place in the High Court on such date and at such hour as the Chairman may designate;
3.  I direct that the Commission shall normally hold its sittings in the High Court but shall have power, in the discretion of the Chairman, to adjourn to any suitable place to hear evidence or for any other purpose connected with its duties;
4.  I direct that the Inquiry shall be held in public:
Provided that the Chairman may in his discretion direct that any evidence shall be heard in camera or otherwise recorded without being made available to the public;
5.  I appoint Mr. Lim Soo Ping to be Secretary to the Commission and to exercise the powers conferred and to carry out the duties imposed upon such Secretary as are referred to in section 6 of the said Inquiry Commissions Act, and I authorize the Secretary to employ such clerical or other assistance for the purpose of the Inquiry as the Commission may require. In case of necessity, I also authorize the Commission to appoint any suitable person temporarily to act as Secretary;
6.  I direct the Commissioner of Police to detail police constables to attend upon the Commission for the purpose of preserving order during the proceedings, to serve summonses on witnesses and to perform such ministerial duties as the Commission may direct; and
7.  Finally, I direct the Commissioners, after completing the Inquiry, to render to me their report and recommendations thereon.
Given at Singapore this 22nd day of March 1986.
By Command,
Secretary to the Cabinet.