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Pineapple Industry 1 LAWS OF MALAYSIA REPRINT Act 427 PINEAPPLE INDUSTRY ACT 1957 Incorporating all amendments up to 1 January 2006 PUBLISHED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF LAW REVISION, MALAYSIA UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE REVISION OF LAWS ACT 1968 IN COLLABORATION WITH PERCETAKAN NASIONAL MALAYSIA BHD 2006

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2 PINEAPPLE INDUSTRY ACT 1957 First enacted … ... ... ... … … … Revised … … … … … … … 1957 (Ord. No. 13 of 1957) 1990 (Act 427 w.e.f 31 March 1990) PREVIOUS REPRINT First Reprint ... ... ... ... ... 2001

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3 LAWS OF MALAYSIA Act 427 PINEAPPLE INDUSTRY ACT 1957 ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS Section 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Short title Interpretation Establishment of Board Chairman Procedure of Board Liability of members Establishment of the Fund and other functions of the Board Imposition and collection of cess 8A. Power to borrow 8B. Power to invest 9. 10. Power of the Board to require information Appointment of officers and servants 10 A. Duties of the chief executive officer 10B. Regulations governing the conduct and discipline of officers and servants 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. Registration Refusal to register Assignment and transfer of certificates Offences Powers of search Marking of cans Offences and liability for acts of agents or servants Jurisdiction

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4 Section Laws of Malaysia 19. 20. 21. 22. Recognition of association Formation of an inspectorate Powers of inspectors Appointment of committees ACT 427 22A. Public servants 23. 24. 25. 26. Cancellation of registration Tribunal of Appeal Powers to make regulations Repeal

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Pineapple Industry LAWS OF MALAYSIA Act 427 PINEAPPLE INDUSTRY ACT 1957 5 An Act relating to the regulation and improvement of the pineapple industry and other matters incidental thereto. [26 December 1957, L.N. (NS) 117/1957] Short title 1. (1) This Act may be cited as the Pineapple Industry Act 1957. (2) (Omitted). Interpretation 2. In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires— “Board” means the Malaysian Pineapple Industry Board established under section 3; “can” includes any hermetically sealed bottle or container made of glass, metal, plastic, paper or any other material; “canned pineapple” means pineapple whole, cut, crushed, or in pulp or juice form (whether or not mixed with other fruit), which has been preheated, cooked, preserved, dehydrated, quick frozen or otherwise processed either before or after being placed in a can; “canner” means a person who prepares pineapple or labels canned pineapple; “cannery” means any structure or building used wholly or in part to prepare pineapple or to label canned pineapple; “can-supplier” means a manufacturer or importer of cans used or intended to be used for the canning of pineapple;

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6 Laws of Malaysia ACT 427 “chief executive officer” means the chief executive officer of the Board appointed under subsection 10(1) and includes any person appointed to act as chief executive officer under section 10; “exporter” means any person who exports canned pineapple from Malaysia; “Fund” means the Pineapple Industry Fund established under section 7; “grower” means any person owning or using land for planting pineapple intended primarily for sale to canneries who is not at the same time the owner of any cannery in the *States of Peninsular Malaysia and includes his duly authorized agent; “inspector” means an inspector appointed under section 20 and includes the Chief Inspector; “marketing society” means any co-operative pineapple marketing society registered as such under the **Co-operative Societies Act 1948 [Act 287]; “pineapple” means any fruit of the plant ananas; “prepare pineapple” means to render pineapple into canned pineapple; “registered canner”, “registered cannery”, “registered can-supplier”, “registered marketing society”, “registered exporter”, “registered grower”, “registered transporter”, “registered vendor” means any pineapple canner, cannery, can-supplier, marketing society, exporter, grower, transporter or vendor, as the case may be, registered under this Act; “representative association” means a representative association specified under section 19; “transporter” means any person who transports pineapple of growers or vendors, and includes his duly authorized agent, but does not include a grower who transports his own pineapple; “Tribunal” means the Tribunal of Appeal established under section 24; *NOTE—All references to “West Malaysia” shall be construed as reference to “Peninsular Malaysia” –see the Interpretation (Amendment) Act 1997 [Act A996], subsection 5(2). **NOTE—The Co-operative Societies Act 1948 [Act 287] has since been repealed by the Co-operative Societies Act 1993 [Act 502]–see section 95 of Act 502.

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Pineapple Industry 7 “vendor” means any person who sells pineapple to canneries, but does not include a grower who sells his own pineapple. Establishment of Board 3. (1) For the purposes of this Act there is hereby established a Board which shall be a body corporate by the name of “The Malaysian Pineapple Industry Board” and which shall have perpetual succession and a common seal, and may sue and be sued in its corporate name. The Board shall have an office in Malaysia. (2) The Board shall consist of the following members who shall be appointed by the Minister: (a) a Chairman; (b) a representative of the Ministry responsible for the pineapple industry; (c) a representative of the Ministry of Trade and Industry; (d) a representative of the Treasury; (e) a representative of such other Ministry as the Minister may determine after consulting the Minister of that Ministry; (f) two persons to represent the interests of registered canners nominated by the representative association of the canning sector of the pineapple industry; (g) two persons to represent the interests of growers; and (h) the State Director of Agriculture, Johore. (3) (a) The Minister may, in respect of each member of the Board other than the Chairman, appoint an alternate member who may attend any meeting of the Board which the member is, for any reason, unable to attend. (b) When attending a meeting of the Board, an alternate member shall, for all purposes, be deemed to be a member of the Board. (4) (Deleted by Act A693). (5) Every member of the Board, other than the person appointed under paragraph (2)(h), shall, unless his appointment is sooner revoked or he sooner resigns, hold office for such period as the Minister may specify in his letter of appointment or, if no such period is specified, for a period of two years from the date of his appointment, and shall be eligible for reappointment.

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8 Laws of Malaysia ACT 427 (5A) Every alternate member shall, unless he sooner resigns or his appointment is sooner revoked, cease to be an alternate member when the member in respect of whom he is an alternate member ceases to be a member of the Board. (6) Any member of the Board who without reasonable cause absents himself from two consecutive ordinary or special meetings of the Board and any member who has been found or declared to be of unsound mind or has become bankrupt or made an arrangement with his creditors or has been sentenced to imprisonment shall be deemed to have vacated his office and his appointors shall be informed accordingly. (7) If any vacancy occurs by death, resignation, absence, insanity, bankruptcy, imprisonment or otherwise the appointor may appoint a person to fill any such vacancy and any person so appointed shall hold office so long only as the person in whose place he is appointed would have held office. (8) The appointment of every member and alternate member of the Board shall be published in the Gazette. Chairman 4. (1) The Chairman of the Board shall be employed upon such conditions and terms of service, and shall receive such salary travelling allowances and subsistence allowances as may be prescribed by regulations made under section 25, and such salary and allowances shall be paid out of the Fund. (2) During the absence of the Chairman from any cause the members of the Board shall elect an acting chairman who, during the absence of the Chairman, shall have and exercise all the powers of the Chairman. Procedure of Board 5. (1) At any meeting of the Board four members present shall form a quorum for the transaction of business. (2) The powers of the Board shall not be affected by any vacancy in the membership thereof.

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Pineapple Industry 9 (3) A decision of the majority of the members of the Board present and voting at a meeting of the Board shall be deemed to be a decision of the Board. (4) The Chairman shall have a vote as a member and in the event of an equality of votes he shall have and exercise a casting vote. (5) At the request of any member the vote on any matter before the Board shall be taken by ballot. Liability of members 6. No member of the Board shall incur any personal liability for any loss or damage caused by any act or omission in the administration of the affairs of the Board unless such loss or damage is occasioned by an intentionally wrongful act or omission on his part. Establishment of the Fund and other functions of the Board 7. (1) The Board shall establish and administer a fund to be called “the Pineapple Industry Fund” and may acquire and hold property, movable or immovable, and may transfer or otherwise deal with the same, and may enter into contracts and do all the things necessary for or incidental to the purposes of this Act. (2) (a) There shall be paid into the Fund— (i) the proceeds of any such cess as is referred to in section 8; (ii) all moneys belonging to the Board; (iii) such moneys as may be provided from time to time by Parliament to be applied for such purpose or purposes as may be specified by Parliament; (iv) all moneys, including registration fees, collected under rules and regulations made under this Act; (v) all moneys borrowed by the Board under section 8A; (vi) all moneys earned or arising from any investment under section 8B or from any property acquired by or vested in the Board; and

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10 Laws of Malaysia ACT 427 (vii) all other moneys that may in any manner become payable to or vested in the Board in respect of any matter incidental to its functions. (b) The Fund may be applied for any purpose within the objects of this Act in such manner as shall be determined by the Board and for lending to its employees for the purpose of purchasing or building dwelling-houses or purchasing conveyances on such terms and conditions as may be prescribed by regulations made under section 25. (3) The functions of the Board shall include— (a) the financing of agronomic and processing research programmes for the industry; (b) the negotiation of agreements on prices and grades of pineapples for sale to canneries; (c) the regulation of the production, grading and marketing of pineapple for sale to canneries and of canned pineapple; (d) administration of quality control and health regulations; (e) administration of a cess fund and making recommendations regarding the rate of cess; (f) collection of statistics and maintenance of statistical records of the industry; (g) the granting of financial assistance, whether by way of subsidy or otherwise, to the industry as a whole or any section of it; (h) any other matters affecting the industry. (4) The Statutory Bodies (Accounts and Annual Reports) Act 1980 [Act 240] shall apply in respect of the Board. (5) The accounts of the Board shall be subject to audit by an auditor approved by the Minister. (6) The common seal of the Board may by resolution of the Board be affixed to any instrument in the presence of the Chairman and two other members of the Board, who shall all sign their names to such instrument.

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Pineapple Industry 11 (7) Four ordinary meetings of the Board shall be held each year. All other meetings shall be special meetings and may be called at any time by the Chairman or acting Chairman and shall be called at the request of any member. Imposition and collection of cess 8. (1) The Minister after consultation with the Board may for the purposes of this Act make orders for the imposition, collection, variation or cancellation of a cess or cesses on the exportation of canned pineapple. (2) Any order imposing a cess made under the Pineapple Industry Ordinance 1951 [Ord. 36 of 1951], and in force on the date of the coming into operation of this section shall be deemed to be an order made under the preceding subsection. Power to borrow 8A. The Board may, with the approval of the Minister and the concurrence of the Minister of Finance, borrow moneys for the purpose of carrying out its functions. Power to invest 8B . The Board may, with the approval of the Minister and the concurrence of the Minister of Finance, from time to time, invest the Fund or any part thereof, not being immediately required for meeting its obligations or carrying out its functions— (a) in any investment or securities authorized for the investment of trust funds by any written law for the time being in force; or (b) in such other investment or securities as the Board thinks fit. Power of the Board to require information 9. The Board may require any person to submit such information as may, in its opinion, be necessary before any distribution is made from the Fund under this Act; and any person making application for assistance from the Fund who wilfully or without reasonable excuse fails to give such information to the Board or who gives

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12 Laws of Malaysia ACT 427 any information which he knows or has reason to believe to be false in any material particular shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to a fine not exceeding five thousand ringgit or to both. Appointment of officers and servants 10. (1) The Board may appoint a chief executive officer who may be designated by any name and such other officers and servants as it considers necessary for the purpose of discharging its functions under this Act. (2) The appointment of the chief executive officer shall be with the approval of the Minister. (3) If the chief executive officer is for any reason unable to exercise the powers and perform the duties of his office, the Board may appoint any other person to act as chief executive officer: Provided that the consent of the Minister shall be obtained where the deputation exceeds or is likely to exceed a continuous period of three months. (4) The appointment of the chief executive officer shall be published in the Gazette. (5) The Board shall obtain the approval of the Treasury and the Public Services Department before establishing or modifying any scheme of service for the chief executive officer and its other officers and servants, including the terms and conditions of service, the salaries, allowances and other remuneration payable, and facilities for loans for the purchase of conveyances. Duties of the chief executive officer 10A. (1) The chief executive officer shall— (a) be responsible for putting into execution the policy decisions of the Board and for the general administration of its affairs; (b) exercise supervision and control over all officers and servants of the Board; and

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Pineapple Industry 13 (c) perform such other duties and undertake such other responsibilities as the Board may from time to time determine or as the Chairman may from time to time direct. (2) The chief executive officer shall be present at every meeting of the Board unless he is excused from doing so by the Chairman. (3) The chief executive officer shall have no right to vote at meetings of the Board. Regulations governing the conduct and discipline of officers and servants 10B. Subject to any other written law, the Board may, with the approval of the Minister, make regulations governing the conduct and discipline of its officers and servants including provisions for surcharge. Registration 11. The Board shall— (a) cause to be kept a register of growers, canners, canneries, exporters, can suppliers, marketing societies, transporters and vendors in such manner as the Board may prescribe; (b) furnish each grower, canner, exporter, can-supplier, marketing society, transporter or vendor, as the case may be, on due registration, a certificate of registration in the form prescribed; (c) issue a separate certificate of registration in respect of each cannery in which a registered canner is permitted to prepare pineapple. Refusal to register 12. The Board may refuse to effect any registration— (a) if it is of the opinion that the applicant will be unable to comply with or to fulfil any of the standards or conditions prescribed; (b) if the application is made by or on behalf of a person whose registration has been cancelled under section 23.

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14 Laws of Malaysia ACT 427 Assignment and transfer of certificates 13. Certificates of registration furnished under section 11 shall not be assigned or transferred. Offences 14. (1) No person shall prepare pineapple or label any canned pineapple except in a registered cannery. (2) No person other than a registered can-supplier shall make, re-form or import any cans for the canning of pineapple. (3) No person other than a registered exporter shall export canned pineapple. (4) Without the written approval of the Board, no registered canner shall accept pineapples from any person other than a registered grower or a registered vendor. (4A) No registered grower shall sell pineapple except to a registered vendor or a registered canner. (4B ) No registered vendor shall buy pineapple except from a registered grower. (5) Any person who acts in contravention of this section shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding ten thousand ringgit. Powers of search 15. If a Sessions Court Judge or Magistrate is satisfied by information on oath or affirmation that there is reasonable cause to suspect that any place within his jurisdiction, whether a building or not, other than at a registered cannery, is being used to prepare pineapple or label canned pineapple he may grant a search warrant authorizing any police officer at any time or times within one month from the date thereof to enter, with such assistance as may

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Pineapple Industry 15 be required, and if need be by force, such place and every part thereof and examine the same and search for therein and seize and remove therefrom and take before a Sessions Court Judge or Magistrate any plant, machinery or implements used or intended to be used or which there is reasonable ground to suppose is in the place for the purpose of unlawfully preparing pineapple or labelling canned pineapple. Marking of cans 16. (1) Every registered canner shall register with the Board such mark or marks as may be approved by the Board for his use as the distinguishing mark or marks for the products of each or all of the registered canneries in respect of which he has been issued with a certificate. (2) No such mark shall be registered for use by more than one registered canner. (3) The Board may cancel the registration of the mark or marks of a registered canner if the certificate of registration of such registered canner has been cancelled in accordance with section 23. (4) After registration of a mark or marks under subsection (1) the registered canner shall cause such mark or marks to be embossed or indelibly stamped in such manner as may be prescribed on each can containing canned pineapple prepared in each registered cannery for which the mark or marks were approved and also on the package in which such cans are contained. (5) No person shall export any can containing canned pineapple or any package containing such cans unless— (a) it has been marked in accordance with subsection (4); and (b) a certificate in such form as the Board may prescribe that it has been so marked has been lodged with the appropriate customs authority.

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