No. S 358
Public Entertainments and Meetings Act
(Chapter 257)
Public Entertainments and Meetings (Demerit Points) (Amendment) Rules 2003
In exercise of the powers conferred by sections 15 and 23(1) of the Public Entertainments and Meetings Act, the Minister for Home Affairs hereby makes the following Rules:
Citation and commencement
1.  These Rules may be cited as the Public Entertainments and Meetings (Demerit Points) (Amendment) Rules 2003 and shall come into operation on 1st August 2003.
Amendment of Schedule
2.  Part I of the Schedule to the Public Entertainments and Meetings (Demerit Points) Rules (R 2) is deleted and the following Part substituted therefor:
Part I
Nightclubs, Cabarets, Discotheques, Bars, Lounges and Other Public Houses
1.  The licensee shall take all appropriate steps to ensure that the following offences are not committed by staff members, patrons or others in the licensed premises:
(a)sale, consumption or trafficking of controlled drugs;
(b)use of criminal force;
(c)criminal restraint and confinement;
(d)intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace;
(h)sexual offences (for example, rape, outraging of modesty or unnatural offences);
(l)gambling or betting;
(m)causing the disappearance of evidence after an offence has been committed; and
(n)offences under the Women’s Charter (Cap. 353) relating to prostitution.
2.  The licensee shall ensure that no immoral activity is carried out in the licensed premises at all times.
3.  If any of the offences set out in paragraph 1 or any immoral activity has been committed or carried out, the licensee —
(a)shall report the offence to the police as soon as the offence comes to his knowledge;
(b)shall not remove, conceal or obliterate any evidence of the commission of the offence;
(c)shall not cause obstruction to the police officers investigating the offence; and
(d)shall provide reasonable assistance to police officers when requested.
4.  The licensee shall not employ, engage or permit any person to provide any service (with or without any consideration) by way of or in connection with surveillance, security, screening or the control of admission into or in respect of the licensed premises (with or without any consideration) if he knows or ought reasonably to have known that the person is a member or a former member of an unlawful society or has previously been convicted of an offence involving criminal assault, violence, intimidation or any form of criminal trespass to persons or property.
5.  The licensee shall ensure that there is no overcrowding of patrons in the licensed premises at all times.
6.(1)  The licensee shall indicate in his application to the Licensing Officer that he intends to allow dancing by patrons in his licensed premises, before he allows such dancing.
(2)  Subject to sub-paragraph (1), if the licensee allows dancing by patrons in his licensed premises, the licensee shall ensure —
(a)that waitresses do not dance with patrons;
(b)that persons below the age of 16 years are not allowed into or to remain in the licensed premises, except during the hours that the licensed premises are operated as a restaurant (during which hours no dancing is permitted); and
(c)that any area used for dancing by patrons is structurally sound and safe in all aspects.”.
[G. N. No. S 295/2002]

Made this 22nd day of July 2003.

Permanent Secretary,
Ministry of Home Affairs,
[MHA (PS) 10/1/01-23; AG/LEG/SL/257/2002/1 Vol. 1]
(To be presented to Parliament under section 23(2) of the Public Entertainments and Meetings Act).