Chinese flag hung from Choa Chu Kang HDB block taken down

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SINGAPORE — A Chinese national flag that was hung on the parapet of a Housing Board block in Choa Chu Kang has been taken down, according to a spokesman from its town council on Wednesday (7 August).

According to The Straits Times, a resident alerted the town council upon spotting the flag at Block 489B, Choa Chu Kang Avenue 5. The town council then lodged a police report, and the police are investigating the matter.

Images of the national flag of China hanging on the block were posted on citizen journalism site Stomp, with the contributor saying that the flag had been spotted on Monday morning.

The National Emblems (Control of Display) Act states that displaying any flag or national emblem that is not that of Singapore in public is considered an offence.

When an emblem is visible to the public in any place where the public has right of way or has access, it is considered as being displayed in public.

Those found flouting the rules could be jailed up to six months, fined up to $500 or both.

Exceptions to the Act include displays of a foreign flag or national emblem by diplomatic representatives of a foreign country with authorisation granted by the government, as well as displays on ships or aircraft.

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