(Original Enactment: M Act 18 of 1960 )
Note: The Malaysian Internal Security Act 1960 (No. 18/60) was extended to Singapore on 16.9.63 when Singapore became a component part of Malaysia — see L.N. 231/63. The preambles to that Act are reproduced in this Act in their entirety.
REVISED EDITION 1985 (30th March 1987)
An Act to provide for the internal security of Singapore, preventive detention, the prevention of subversion, the suppression of organised violence against persons and property in specified areas of Singapore, and for matters incidental thereto.
Whereas action has been taken by a substantial body of persons to cause a substantial number of citizens to fear organised violence against persons and property:
And Whereas action has been taken and threatened by a substantial body of persons which is prejudicial to the security of Malaya:
And Whereas Parliament considers if necessary to stop or prevent that action:
Now therefore pursuant to Article 149 of the Constitution be it enacted by the Duli Yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong with the advice and consent of the Dewan Negara and Dewan Ra’ayat in Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:[16th September 1963]
The Act contains Parts, Chapters and Articles, as well as three Schedules. The Parts and Articles are the following:
Part 1. Preliminary
Part 2. General Provisions relating to Internal Security
- Prohibition of organisations and associations of a political or quasi-military character and uniforms, etc.
- Powers of preventive detention
- Special powers relating to subversive publications, etc.
- Control of entertainments and exhibitions
- Other powers for the prevention of subversion
Part 3. Special Provisions relating to Security Areas
- Proclamation of security areas
- Powers relating to preservation of public security
- Offences relating to security areas
- Powers of police and others
- Power to make regulations
Part 4. Miscellaneous Provisions