Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Statutory Declaration Act to be amended

KUALA LUMPUR (June 21, 2010): 

Commissioners of Oaths will soon be made liable for Statutory Declarations prepared by deponents to ensure that they are aware of the contents of the declaration before attesting the document. 
The move is to prevent statutory declarations from being easily used by scammers to cheat in land transactions. 

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk V K Liew said the Law Reform Committee headed by him is looking into amending the Statutory Declaration Act 1960 to make it mandatory for Commissioners of Oath (CO) to read the content of the Statutory Declaration and only attest their signatures after being satisfied the content is not contentious and have no element of perjury. 
"Under the current Statutory Declaration Act, the CO is only required to attest their signature to affirm that the person had signed in front of him. 

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