Banner o Singapore
The national banner o Singapore wis first adoptit in 1959, the year Singapore became self-governin athin the Breetish Empire. It wis reconfirmed as the naitional banner when the Republic gained independence on 9 August 1965. The design is a horizontal bicolour o red abuin white, overlaid in the canton (upper-left quadrant) bi a white crescent muin facin a pentagon o five sma white five-pointit stars. The elements o the banner denote a yung naition on the ascendant, universal brotherhood an equality, an naitional ideals.
Vessels at sea dae no uise the naitional banner as an ensign. Merchant vessels an pleasure craft fly a civil ensign o red chairged in white wi a variant o the crescent an stars emblem in the centre. Non-military government vessels such as coast guard ships fly a state ensign o blue wi the naitional banner in the canton, chairged wi an aicht-pointit red an white compass rose in the lawer fly. Naval warships fly a naval ensign similar tae the state ensign, but in white wi a red compass rose emblem.
Rules defined bi the Singapore Arms and Flag and National Anthem Act govern the uise an display o the naitional banner. These hae been relaxed tae allou citizens tae fly the banner frae vehicles durin naitional holidays an frae hames at ony time o the year.