You know National Day is near when Sheng Shiong and NTUC starts playing National Day songs and place mini Singapore flags on their counters for sale.
It is also the period where your Town Council activate their general workers – the Bangladeshis, to put up the Singapore flags and banners around the estate to invoke that patriotic spirit among Singaporeans.
And every year, without fail, the public would capture pictures of the Singapore flags being improperly managed or displayed and upload the scenes on social media.
According to Singapore Statues, the Singapore flag is to be treated with respect and decorum at all times:
Respect for Flag
4.—(1) No person shall treat the Flag with disrespect.
(2) No person in possession of the Flag shall allow or cause the Flag to touch the floor or ground, even when lowering the Flag from a staff or flagpole.
Anyone found guilty of not doing so can be fined up to S$1,000.
Disposal of national flags are, in fact, allowed, just that they have to be concealed.
Because according to the National Heritage Board: “Any worn out or damaged Flag should be disposed of properly, and not left visible in dustbins. Torn or worn-out Flags should be packed into a sealed black trash bag before being disposed of.”
STOMP has an excellent collection of these episodes and below are some of the examples.
They are so unbelievable that its funny.
Please do your part and hang your flags properly this year (and remind your neighbours too). In the event that they are improperly displayed- remind them again, there is no need to upload it on social media for xenophobic people to comment on them. Save the social media space for capturing scenes of patriotism in August instead.