Emergency Provision Act, Section 5

Section 5 of the Emergency Provisions Act [Burma Act 17, 1950] (9
th March 1950)
(Unofficial Translation)
Whoever does anything with any of the following intent; that is to say;-
to depreciate, pervert, hinder, restrain , or vandalise the loyalty, enthusiasm,
acquiescence, health, training, or performan ce of duties of the army organisations of
the Union or of civil servants in a wa y that would induce their respect of the
government to be diminished, or to di sobey rules, or to be disloyal to the
government; or
to cause, seduce, or urge any member of the army organisations of the Union
or any civil servant in a way that would indu ce him to fulfil his duties improperly, or
to fail to perform his duties; or
to hinder the recruitment of members to the army or ganisations of the Union,
or civil service organisations, or fire brig ades, or any other organisations registered
or performing as governmental service, or to hamper the performance of duties of
such members: or
to alarm the people or a group of people in a way that would created panic
amongst them; or
to spread false news, knowin g, or having reason to believe that it is not true;
to hamper, obstruct or harass any tr ansportation, tasks, manufacture or
transportation of military weapons and mu nitions, or supply or distribution of
essential items, necessary of effective implementation of the restoration of law and
order of the State; or
to partly or wholly destroy military we apons and munitions in order that they
could not be viable or be da ngerous, or to endanger or imperil a person involved in
transportation or manufacture of transp ortation of such military weapons and
munitions; or
to make the public lose trust in the State’s economy, government loans,
government securities, coins and legal tend ers distributed wholly or partly in the
country or to hamper operational or economic success carried out by the
government in order to implement the rest oration of law and order successfully; or
to incite either the public or any other kind of ethnic race or any other person
to deny or delay his payment in curried fo r land revenue, revenue, tax, or any other
kind of payment to be paid to the Union, or the federal government, or a board of

regional authorities in accordance with the law or with the customs that have the
effect of law; or
to affect the morality or conduct of the public or a group of people in a way
that would undermine the secu rity of the Union or the restoration of law and order;
to incite civil servants, or a group of ci vil servants, or any other civil servant to
be involved in armed opposition punishable by criminal laws; or
to directly or indirectly take part in committing the offences prescribed in the
Arms Act or the Explosive Ammunitions Act, or the Explosive Substances Act; or
to directly or indirectly encourage, incite, prepar e or show agreement to
arrangements or activities for the purpose of defiance or non-abidance of laws, or to
avoid abiding by the law, or to hinder co mpliance of the judicial process or to the
restoration or law and order, or to refu se to make payments prescribed in sub-
(n) or to delay such payments, or to rally people or to prepare to do so or to raise
funds to do so in order to develop such activities or programmes, or to directly or
indirectly encourage, incite , prepare or show concurren ce with the raising funds for
that purpose shall be punish ed with an imprisonment for a term which shall extend
to 7 years or with fi ne or with both.