Coat of Arms of Singapore


The Coat of Arms of Singapore is one of the most important national symbols of Singapore. The Coat of Arms, also known as State Crest, was unveiled on December 3, 1959 together with the National Flag and the National Anthem of this Southeast country. It is a symbol connecting the residents and citizens of Singapore to the nation's history while giving them a sense of belonging to one another and to the country. The State Crest is made up of a shield graced with a white crescent moon and five stars that are set against a red-colored background.

Each individual image on this national symbol has a story to tell with its specific meaning. The red color signifies equality of men and universal brotherhood, while the color white symbolizes virtue as well as purity. The five stars stands for five ideals which are equality, democracy, progress, justice and peace.

The figures of a tiger and a lion on the right and left sides of the shield, respectively, appear to be upholding the shield. While the tiger represents the connection and the strong bond that existed between Singapore and Malaysia, the lion stands for the island of Singapore. The image of the lion sends across the message that Singapore is the ‘Lion City' representing the attributes of lion including excellence, courage and strength. Beneath the shield is a banner on which the Republic's moto - "Majulah Singapura" meaning 'Onward Singapore' - has been engraved.

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