The National Coat of Arms, or State Crest, was launched on 3 December 1959.
It was unveiled together with the National Flag and National Anthem at the installation of the new head of state, the Yang di-Pertuan Negara, at the steps of City Hall.
The State Crest consists of a shield emblazoned with a white crescent moon and five white stars against a red background. Red is symbolic of universal brotherhood and the equality of man, and white signifies pervading and everlasting purity and virtue. The five stars represent the five ideals of democracy, peace, progress, justice and equality.
Supporting the shield are a lion on the left and a tiger on the right. Below the shield is a banner inscribed with the Republic's motto, Majulah Singapura, which is the title of the National Anthem. The lion represents Singapore itself and the tiger, the island's historical links with Malaysia.
Guidelines on use of the State Crest
- The use of the State Crest for advertisements or any other commercial purpose is prohibited by law. Only government bodies can display the State Crest within their premises. Approval must be sought for any other use of the State Crest.
- The State Crest must be treated with respect and be displayed in a dignified manner.
For enquiries on use of the State Crest, please contact:
Education and Outreach Division
National Heritage Board
Fax: 6332 3525
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