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[Presidential Standard (Singapore)] 2:3
by Ivan Sache

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The Presidential flag of Singapore is red with a white crescent and five stars, all pointing flywards. Ratio 1:2. Source: Barraclough and Crampton 1981.

Zeljko Heimer, 5 July 1996

The presidential flag described in Barraclough and Crampton 1981 is obsolete according to Dorling-Kindersley 1997: "The President's flag simply enlarges and centres the crescent and stars motif from the national flag". The corresponding image has proportion 2:3. Smith 1975 shows the same flag, but with proportions 1:2. I propose without any proof but the dates the sequence [smi75] - [bcr81] - [udk97].

Ivan Sache, 16 January 2000

On careful reading, Barraclough and Crampton 1981 is not wrong but perhaps unclear. From having seen the Singapore President flag first-hand, I believe that its proportion is 2:3 similar to that of the Singapore flag as I have seen both of them side by side and it has never struck me that one was of different proportion to the other. I have an actual photo of the Singapore President flag flying from the Istana (palace) and will scan it for anyone interested.

Tom Koh, 17 January 2000

The website of the Office of the President of the Republic of Singapore, better known as the Istana has a protocol webpage with the description and symbolism of the Presidential Standard and also features the Presidential Arms [image here]:

The President's Personal Standard is a red flag with a white crescent moon and five stars emblazoned in the centre. The colour red is symbolic of the universal brotherhood and equality of man. The crescent represents a young country on the ascent while the five stars represent democracy, peace, progress, justice and equality.

The President's Personal Standard is flown from the highest point on the Istana main building. The Standard is flown daily from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm, or until such time when the President has left for his private residence.

Herman Felani, 21 November 2002

Mistaken or Former Standard

[President's Standard ratio 1:2 (Singapore)] 1:2
by Ivan Sache

[According to Smith 1975 and Album des Pavillons 2000.]

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