The national ideals represented by our flag—democracy, peace, progress, justice and equality—cut across political, racial and religious boundaries. I believe we would all do well to reflect a bit more on all of these ideals (not just the second and third one), especially in the area of policymaking.
Handle the flag with care and respect, or else
(Photo/ inSing News)
The nation’s independence day is right around the corner and one of the few things residents do ahead of the big day is to hang out the state flag with much pride, and no prejudice.
But be careful when and how you handle the red and white fabric because the wrong move could cost you $1,000.
Drop it, dirty it, hang it the wrong way, disfigure it, tear it, burn it – you catch my drift – basically disrespecting the flag would get you classed as an offender.
Clearly one 13-year-old girl didn’t know about the flag laws when she set fire to one at a pavilion at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 on 17 July.
Is this allowed? Residents proudly display Philippines flag outside home
STOMPer This is Singapore came across a picture online of a Philippines national flag being displayed outside their house unit.
Said the STOMPer: "Under the National Emblems (Control of Display) Act (CHAPTER 196), displaying of any National Emblems in public is strictly prohibited.
China flag hangs over parapet of Hougang flat -- just beside that of Singapore's
A flag of China hanging over the parapet of a flat in Hougang Avenue 3 caught the attention of STOMPer Patrick.
The STOMPer wrote: "Saw this China flag at Block 25 Hougang Ave 3 throughout the past week.
China flag at Kopitiam outlet makes me feel like a foreigner in my own country
STOMPer Gregory was concerned to see this China flag hung at the Kopitiam outlet at Pasir Ris West Plaza.
STOMPer Rachel also made an enquiry and a Pasir Ris West Plaza Management Office spokesperson said (Apr 18):
"Kopitiam at Pasir Ris West Plaza was having a Live big-screen screening for the Chinese F1 2011 Grand Prix last weekend.
Resident displays China flag to mark Chinese National Day
This picture of a Chinese flag apparently hung on a HDB block was spotted on a local forum by iceboyboy. The picture has been making its rounds on the internet today (Oct 1), which is China's National Day.
China celebrates the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China today. An elaborate ceremony was held at Tian'anmen Square in the heart of Beijing to commemorate 60 years of Communist Party rule.
Another STOMPer, Ah Tiong, who also spotted the flag on the forum, said:
Why China flag up in NTU? Don't they know that this is illegal?
We all know students like to put things up in their rooms. Some hang up their favourite Ayumi posters, while others hang up flags. In this case, this hostelite hung up this China flag outside this dorm. Jumali says:
"I was on the bus 179 when I saw this flag displayed outside Hall of Residence Two, Block One.
"I took a snap and did a search on it.
Tourists at Downtown East spotted bearing giant Vietnamese flag
STOMPer Ian was amused by the sight of this tour group at Downtown East bearing a giant Vietnamese flag.
The STOMPer wrote: "Is the Communist Party 'invading' Downtown East?
S'pore's National Day is approaching -- so what's up with this Swiss flag?
National Day is around the corner, so the sight of this Swiss flag among Singapore flags at a block of flats was unusual.
STOMPer Gary commented: "Swiss National Day?"
British flag found displaying at Casa Jervois Condo
A TRE reader has just sent in this photo. It showed a British flag displaying at the Casa Jervois Condo at 99 Jervois Road.
The reader said, “I was shocked this morning to see among all the flags celebrating our National Day, this British flag hanging out at a condo at 99 Jervois Road.”
He added, “Is the owner of the apartment trying to be funny? If this person is not Singaporean, he or she should show more respect (to Singapore).”
Police investigate woman who put up China flag: What about this Spanish one?
STOMPer Kalze noticed this Spanish flag hanging from a balcony at a condominium along Bukit Timah Road.
The STOMPer wrote: "Is this illegal too?
Wake up, people! It's Singapore's National Day, not Indonesia's
While Singaporeans were anticipating the nation's National Day, STOMPer Disgrace saw something that irked her -- a flag that looked more like the Indonesian flag than the Singapore flag.
The STOMPer, who took the photo on Aug 7, said: "My friends and I were slacking the other day and coincidentally saw this flag which was an eyesore -- was this the SG flag or the Indonesian flag?"
Hey, it's S'pore's birthday. Why hang Indonesian flag?
STOMPer KAyPOhKiANuM1 saw this flag, which looked like the Indonesian flag, in the Choa Chu Kang area.
He said: "This was founded in the Choa Chu Kang area...it was quite funny.
"Come on, put your spirit on, as August 9 is Singapore's birthday, not Indonesia's
Urgently needed: how to hang national flag 101 course for S'porean
With National Day approaching, our eagle-eyed STOMPers have spotted state flags that were not hung properly in various places around the island.
STOMPer storm329 was disturbed that this family saw fit to hang its laundry in front of the National Flag at a HDB block.
The STOMPer said: "This family was seen hanging undergarments over our National Flag.
The flag flies…
The hanging of flags in HDB estates is a practice that started in the 1980s. When it first began, the response was robust. You have almost every unit of HDB putting up their flags, voluntarily. If patriotism is measured by this spontaneous act, the index scores well.
In recent years, the number of flags hang had dwindled. A walk down through couple of neighbouring HDB estate showed a dearth in the display.
Can we naturally attribute this citizenry reluctance to their angst at the host of unpopular government policies that had caused deep resentment and widespread unhappiness?
Is this right? National flags placed on the ground at Serangoon North
STOMPer Wong noticed that the national flags on display at the junction of Serangoon North Avenue 1 and Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 had been placed upright on the ground, and wondered if this was allowed.
Said the STOMPer: "I saw this today (July 27) at around noon.
Wake up Tampines Central CC: Flying TWO national flags upside down is 'unacceptable'
STOMPer Chris finds it completely intolerable that not one, but two National flags have been hung upside down outside this building in Tampines.
The STOMPer writes: "This is my country, this is my flag?
Oops, shop puts up 5 flags and all of them are displayed wrongly
In the lead up to the national day celebrations, many are putting up the Singapore flag. But the person who put up these flags does not seem to realize that all four flags are reversed.
STOMPer xyz who took this picture said: "I happen to be at this provision shop and saw the flag that was hanging are all in the wrong position...omg."
Can't the Town Council clear these fallen flags off the parapet and the ground?
STOMPer Lisa wonders why the Town Council can't clear up these flags that have fallen onto the ground and the parapet of the HDB flat.
The STOMPer wrote: "These Singapore flags were seen on the ground at block 684b Woodlands Street 73.
National flags hung improperly, again
STOMPers have sighted more National flags that have been hung up improperly.
STOMPer Roy is saddened to see that these two families have decided their laundry should come before national loyalty and have hung their washing in front of the Singapore flag.
How disgraceful! No respect for the National flag at all
STOMPer observer spotted this flag hidden under a row of laundry and wonders where's the respect towards the National flag.
Said the STOMPer: "Birds fly high hard to catch, friends like you hard to forget. Flag fly high hard to see, army uniform hanging out to dry...."
Laundry hung in front of Singapore flag 'a distasteful sight'
STOMPer Rawker Lam was appalled to come across a 'disrespectful' resident who hung laundry out to dry -- in front of a Singapore flag.
The STOMPer wrote: "I noticed that some clothes were left to dry under the sun in front of the national flag.
"Clothing, clean or dirty, should not be next to our National flag, much less over it.
"These Singaporeans need to learn to show some respect to our National flag.
Young couple use national flag as mat to make out on HDB staircase landing
STOMPer Woo saw this couple making out on a staircase landing at a Woodlands block, using the national flag as a mat.
Said the STOMPer: "I saw this young couple opposite my block at Block 893 Woodlands Drive 50. on the staircase landing.
National Day over, doesn't mean can disrespect flag
A STOMPer saw a Singapore flag hung at Block 106 Toa Payoh Lorong 1, with clothes placed over it.
Said the STOMPer: "No need to respect country flag after National Day?"
So disrespectful: This is how some S'poreans remove our state flag
A bemused STOMPer saw these state flags falling to the ground and people clearing them a few seconds later. He wonders if this is the right way to remove our state flag.
Samuel told STOMP via email today (Sep 16): "Is this the right way of taking them off?
STOMPer sg2010 spotted this flag hung over a mop, that was placed on the bamboo pole holders outside the window, at a HDB flat in Jurong West.
He commented (July 30): "Everyone knows that it is very bad if you hang the National Flag at the wrong place
Don't 'display' your laundry together with national flag!
STOMPer Kris Jay feels that residents should not leave their laundry beside the national flag because it is disrespectful.
Boo-boo on SAF newsletter: Both S'pore and China flags printed backwards
STOMPer Pls Don't Fight is surprised to see a glaring on this SAF newsletter -- both the Singapore and China flags were printed backwards.
He said: "I received this newsletter from my army reservist unit, 2 PDF. What struck me immediately was the cover page.
"Do you realised what is wrong? And to think that the army is especially stringent and careful with protocols, regimentation, command and orders, they had so daringly misaligned the flags of not 1, but 2 countries!
Clothes hung all around national flag is disrespectful
A concerned STOMPer finds it no wonder that there are clothes hanging all around the national flags displayed on the HDB flats, as there are not many other places available for residents to dry their clothes.
In his email dated 3 August, he says: "So our National Flag needs colour parties too in HDB flats?
Caucasian women step on S'pore flag so that their feet won't be dirtied
STOMPer Mel saw two Caucasian women stepping on Singapore flags so that their feet would not be dirty during the recent National Day celebrations at Esplanade Drive.
Said the STOMPer: "There were 2 Caucasians ladies at the Esplanade Drive who bought S'pore flags during the recent National Day celebration.
Careless Chinese national workers hang Singapore flag the wrong way
STOMPer Bookworm was surprised when he saw these Singaporean flags displayed in the wrong direction at Jalan Besar. He says that they were put up by two Chinese national workers.
The STOMPer said: "These pictures were taken at Jalan Besar Plaza at Maude Road.
Worker transports S'pore flag in mobile rubbish bin
STOMPer Rachel was shocked when she came across a photo of a worker transporting Singapore flags in a mobile rubbish bin. No respect for the national flag, she exclaimed.
Said Rachel in her contribution (Jul 13): "A cleaner 'planting' Singapore flags along the estate was spotted on 13th July 2011, around 8pm, in Radin Mas SMC (along Bukit Merah Central near Block 2).
Why is S'pore flag on plane wrong?
That's the question puzzling a STOMPer, who saw that the national flag was placed backwards on all SIA planes. The STOMPer then sent us an MMS asking why this is happening.
Several queries had come in the past about this issue, and we quote a statement issued by Stephen Forshaw, Vice President Public Affairs, Singapore Airlines:
"The position and depiction of the flag is correct; the depiction of flags by airlines on the exterior of the aircraft has it origins in shipping, where the ensign of the country is flown off the stern of the ship.
Controversial N-flag trunks worn by water polo team inappropriate, says Govt
The design of the swimming trunks worn by Singapore's water polo team at the Asian Games has been ruled 'inappropriate' by the government. The team did not seek official advice or approval for the design.
The team, however, will still get to wear the trunks for at least one more match, as competition rules require the players to wear one colour of trunks throughout the competition.
Ms Carol Tan, director of Mica's resilience and marketing division, said: "We would have told them that their design is inappropriate as we want elements of the flag to be treated with dignity. This is because many Singaporeans recognise these elements as representing the Singapore flag."