No. S 583
Public Entertainments Act
Public Entertainments and Meetings
(Specified Arts Entertainment) (Exemption)
(Amendment) Order 2019
In exercise of the powers conferred by section 16A of the Public Entertainments Act, the Minister for Communications and Information makes the following Order:
Citation and commencement
1.  This Order is the Public Entertainments and Meetings (Specified Arts Entertainment) (Exemption) (Amendment) Order 2019 and comes into operation on 1 September 2019.
Amendment of paragraph 1
2.  Paragraph 1 of the Public Entertainments and Meetings (Specified Arts Entertainment) (Exemption) Order 2005 (G.N. No. S 319/2005) (called in this Order the principal Order) is amended by deleting the words “and Meetings”.
Amendment of paragraph 2
3.  Paragraph 2 of the principal Order is amended by deleting the words “and Meetings” in paragraph (b) of the definition of “specified arts entertainment”.
Amendment of paragraph 3
4.  Paragraph 3 of the principal Order is amended —
(a)by deleting the words “the provisions” and substituting the words “section 3”;
(b)by deleting sub‑paragraph (ii) of sub‑paragraph (a) and substituting the following sub‑paragraph:
(ii)is likely to cause offence to any racial or religious group in Singapore;”;
(c)by inserting, immediately after sub‑paragraph (iii) of sub‑paragraph (a), the following sub‑paragraphs:
(iv)is lewd or obscene;
(v)depicts or describes any sexual matter, alternative sexual lifestyle (including homosexuality or transgenderism) or sexually permissive lifestyle;
(vi)depicts or describes any unlawful activity or anything that may, directly or indirectly, promote any unlawful activity, gambling or drug abuse;
(vii)depicts or describes any act of torture, cruelty or violence;
(viii)is directed towards a political end; or
(ix)is likely to undermine national interest;”;
(d)by deleting sub‑paragraphs (b) and (c);
(e)by deleting sub‑paragraph (i) of sub‑paragraph (f);
(f)by inserting, immediately before the words “Licensing Officer” in sub‑paragraph (f)(ii), the words “Arts Entertainment”;
(g)by deleting “2” in sub‑paragraph (f)(iii) and substituting “4”; and
(h)by renumbering the paragraph as sub‑paragraph (1) of that paragraph, and by inserting immediately thereafter the following sub‑paragraphs:
(2)  Sub‑paragraph (1) does not apply to a specified arts entertainment provided —
(a)in combination with any other public entertainment which is not a specified arts entertainment; or
(b)in a specified establishment.
(3)  Sub‑paragraph (1)(f) does not apply to a specified arts entertainment in paragraph 9 of the Schedule which —
(a)is not provided in combination with any other specified arts entertainment; and
(b)does not involve the use of any equipment for the projection, transmission or reproduction of sound.”.
Amendment of Schedule
5.  The Schedule to the principal Order is amended —
(a)by inserting, immediately after the words “art objects” in paragraph 9, the word “, drawings”; and
(b)by inserting, immediately after paragraph 9, the following paragraph:
10.Any display or exhibition using real‑time transmission of the performance, display or exhibition happening elsewhere (whether in or outside Singapore and whether in a public or private place) of any specified arts entertainment, or any combination of specified arts entertainments, in paragraphs 1 to 9 of this Schedule.”.
[G.N. No. S 476/2015]
Made on 19 August 2019.
Permanent Secretary,
Ministry of Communications
and Information,
[MCI X01.002.001.EV2/12; AG/LEGIS/SL/257/2015/11 Vol. 2]