The police have become involved after photos of a China national flag displayed at Block 489B, Choa Chu Kang Avenue 5 began circulating online. A netizen spotted the flag on Monday (5 Aug) and shared photos of the display to citizen journalism portal Stomp.
Choa Chu Kang Town Council has since revealed that it is the entity that lodged a police report over the display for the foreign flag, after it was alerted to the incident by a Choa Chu Kang resident.
The town council told the national broadsheet that the flag has since been taken down and that it will not make further comment on the matter since police investigations are ongoing.
According to the Singapore Statutes, it is an offence to display any flag or national emblem that is not of Singapore in public under the National Emblems (Control of Display) Act. Those convicted of flouting this rule can be jailed up to six months and/or fined up to $500.
Only diplomatic representatives of a foreign power to Singapore can display foreign flags or national emblems in public here, if they are given authorisation by the Singapore Government. Other than this, ships and aircrafts can display foreign national emblems.