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1991 Ed.

Maintenance of Religious Harmony

Cap. 167A


(4) The Council shall not transact any business unless a quorum of not less than half of its members, including the chairman or member presiding, is present.

(5) The chairman, if present, shall preside at all meetings of the Council.

(6) Whenever the office of chairman is vacant or the chairman for any reason is unable to attend a meeting, such other member as the members present shall elect shall preside at the meeting.

Validity of Council's actions. 5. The Council may, subject to section 4 (4), transact its business notwithstanding any vacancy among its members and the proceedings or any decision of the Council shall be valid notwithstanding any defect in the appointment of its members or that some person who was not entitled to do so took part in its proceedings.

Members are public and protected from legal action.
Cap. 224.
6.—(1) Every member or officer of the Council shall be deemed to be a public servant within the meaning of the Penal Code.

(2) Nothing done by any member or officer of the Council in good faith and in the discharge of the powers and functions of the Council shall render him liable to any suit or action.

Secrecy. 7. Except as provided for by section 15, the proceedings of the Council shall be secret and no member or officer thereof shall disclose or divulge to any person, other than the President, the Minister, the Secretary or any member of the Council, any matter which has arisen at any meeting of the Council unless he is expressly authorised to do so by the Minister.

Part III
Restraining Orders

Restraining orders against officials or members of religious group or institution. 8.—(1) Where the Minister is satisfied that any priest, monk, pastor, imam, elder, office-bearer or any other person who is in a position of authority in any religious group or institution or any member thereof has committed or is attempting to commit any of the following acts:

(a) causing feelings of enmity, hatred, ill-will or hostility between different religious groups;