SINGAPORE — All households and organisations in Singapore may display the national flag at offices, buildings and residences from now until the end of the National Day celebrations period on 30 September.
In a media statement on Saturday (25 April), the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) said that it has received requests from the public to allow them to display the national flag, as a “demonstration of unity and solidarity” during the current COVID-19 pandemic period.
“With the President’s assent, the Singapore Arms and Flag and National Anthem (SAFNA) Rules have been amended to permit the display of the Flag without a flagpole and night illumination from 25 April to 30 June,” the ministry said in the media release.
“This brings forward the period in which the flag may be displayed and will continue into the usual National Day celebrations period from 1 July to 30 September.”
President Halimah Yacob supports move
President Halimah Yacob confirmed in a Facebook post on Saturday that she has supported the rule amendment, and hopes that the national flag “will inspire the best” from Singaporeans.
“I am heartened by the desire of Singaporeans to show our solidarity. The government has considered the request and put up a proposal, which I have supported,” she wrote in her Facebook post.
“The days ahead will remain challenging for a while, as we continue to fight the COVID-19 virus. However, I am confident with our collective courage and tenacity, we will be able to pull through this together.”
MCCY said that the flag should continue to be treated with respect, and used in an appropriate and dignified manner. Torn or worn-out Flags should not be displayed and should be packed into a sealed black trash bag before being disposed of.
The full guidelines on the display and use of the Flag can be viewed here.
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