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what is the significance of the white coulour in singapore's flag

asked in singapore, flag, white

creation27 answers:

I think it symbolises purity, abhorrence towards corruption

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cairina.moschata answers:

For 140 years (1819-1959), the Union Jack flew over Singapore.

The colours represent red for brotherhood and equality; white for purity and virtue. The crescent moon originally served as a symbol of assurance to the Malays in 1959 that Singapore was not a Chinese state. The moon is said to signifiy a young nation rising.

The flag was designed initially to have three stars, until leaders such as then Deputy Prime Minister Toh Chin Chye expressed concern that Singapore might be perceived to have associations with the Malayan Communist Party, the flag of which also had three stars. The flag was originally meant to be red as red is a very traditional Chinese color. Because of the fear of Communism in those days, a completely red flag was abandoned.

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