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     FrontPage Edition: Sat 3 January 2004

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Rules on use of national symbols relaxed

Singapore’s national symbols – the national flag, national anthem and Singapore lion head – are our most visible symbols of our sovereignty, pride and honour.

Singaporeans are encouraged to use these symbols to identify with the nation.

The Prime Minister said in his National Day Rally speech that the rules for their use were being relaxed so that more people can use them as they are "powerful, rallying symbols for Singaporeans".

The Prime Minister’s Office has gazetted the new rules on the national flag and national anthem, under the Singapore Arms and Flag and National Anthem Act. These new rules replace the existing rules under the Act, and take effect from 1 January 2004.

Based on new rules, the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (MITA) has also revised the existing guidelines on the use of the national symbols. These guidelines are part of the National Symbols Kit that is being sold in major bookstores.

The new rules and guidelines are available on the eGazette website at this URL and the Singapore Infomap website at  respectively. The new guidelines are also attached in the annexes of this press release.

What's New?

In regard to the flag and anthem, the key changes in the rules are:

i)  Use and display of the national flag

Under the new rules, Singaporeans and non-governmental buildings can display or fly the national flag throughout the year. In addition, the flag can be reproduced in pennant or miniature representations. Singaporeans may wave the flag at any event in which the Singapore identity is to be projected. It would promote esprit de corps among Singaporeans as they share a common expression of patriotism.

The flag should always be treated with dignity and honor. Outside the National Day celebrations period of August, the flag should be flown from a flagpole and should be properly illuminated if displayed or flown at night.

The flag shall not be used in any trademark, nor for any commercial or advertising purposes. It shall not be used in any furnishings, decoration, covering, attire nor at any private funeral activity. No graphics or word should be superimposed on the flag. For more details, please refer to Annex A.


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