22 Malaya L. Rev. 142 (1980)
Reprint of the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore

handle is hein.journals/sjls22 and id is 148 raw text is: (1980)

LEGISLATION COMMENT
REPRINT OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF
SINGAPORE *
In 1970 the Prime Mimster of Singapore forecast a new Con-
stitution, in the preparation of which it was the intention of the
Government to afford every institution and citizen an opportumty
to make representations on the constitutional draft  i However,
in December 1978 he considered that a new constitution was unlikely
to appear in the foreseeable future. There seems, therefore, to be
little urgency in the matter, and no apparent popular pressure. Singa-
pore possesses a Constitution. which was reviewed by a Constitutional
Commission in 1966 a commission over which the present Chief
Justice presided. This seems to be the limit of public interest on
the issue, to date: a fact which need occasion little surprise, for the
problem of the layman is rather to ascertain what a Constitution says,
than to suggest its improvement.
So the present Constitution of Singapore fits the pattern of the
times reasonably well, it seems: and because it has an affinity with
the Malaysian Constitution, it may possess a sentimental significance
(if I dare use the phrase in a Singapore context), and perhaps a
political significance, that a new Constitution would not have. We
may pull down the old buildings of Singapore, but we prefer to hold
on to a Constitution less than twenty years old, and which by and
large probably reflects what is acceptable to the overwhelming majority
of citizens in the Republic.
In these circumstances, there is everything to be said for a nicely
revised reprint of a much amended document-as was foreseen roy
legislators last year, when, on 4 May 1979 the Constitution (Amend-
ment) Act 1979 came into force. Under section 8 of that Act, a new
article 93 (now article 155) of the Constitution of Singapore empowered
the Attorney-General, with the authority of the President, as soon
as may be after  [4 May 1979 to] cause to be printed and published
a consolidated repnnt of the Constitution of Singapore   into a
single, composite document to be known as the 'Reprint of the Con-
stitution of the Republic of Singapore     With commendable
speed, that reprint was published in a Government Gazette of 31
March 1979
The Constitution of Singapore of course came into existence with
Singapore's entry into Malaysia. and first appeared in a statutory
R.S.(A) 11/1980, w.e.f. March 31. 1980. Available at $8.00 a copy from
Singapore National Printers (Pte) Ltd.. 303 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore
1334.
1 Parliamentary Debates, Vol. 29, Col. 572.

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