SINGAPORE - A 54-year-old Chinese Singaporean woman is being investigated for an offence under the National Emblems (Control of Display) Act.
It is believed that the offence is related to a China flag that was hung over the parapet of a Hougang HDB block, right next to a Singapore flag.
The news first made headlines when photographs were taken of the flag and posted on citizen journalism website Stomp. They have since gone viral, with several concerned citizens asking if it is allowed.
In a statement posted on their Facebook page, the police clarified that the public display of state flags of any nation other than Singapore is "generally disallowed," unless an exception is catered for.
If convicted, the offender may be fined up to $500, imprisoned for up to 6 months, or both.
The Straits Times reported that the woman has not been arrested.
This is the second case in recent weeks involving a Singapore flag.
Last week, a teenage girl was arrested for allegedly setting fire to a Singapore flag at a pavilion in Ang Mo Kio.
The police would like to remind the public that the display of the Singapore state flag is governed under the Singapore Arms & Flag & National Anthem Act, which allows for the special display of the flag at HDB blocks during National Day period.
It is against the law to treat the national flag with disrespect. Offenders may be fined $1,000.
In addition, the Singapore flag may not be used for any commercial, advertising, furnishing or decorating purpose, unless express permission is granted by the authorities.
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