National Arms of Singapore

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NATIONAL COAT OF ARMS OF SINGAPORE

National Arms of Singapore

Official blazon

Arms: Gules, a crescent facing a pentagon of five mullets argent
Supporters: A lion dexter and a tiger sinister rampant guardant standing on two stalks of padi (rice) Or
Motto: Majulah Singapura

Origin/meaning

The national arms were adopted in 1959.

The arms are derived from the national flag and show the nation (moon) pursuing five ideals : democracy, freedom, prosperity, justice and health. The lion represents the name of the country (lion-city), the tiger the relation with Malaysia.

The motto Majulah Singapura is Malay for "Onward Singapore" and was derived from the arms of the city from 1948 (see below).

Colonial arms

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The above arms were used for the town and colony of Singapore from 1913 to 1948. In 1948 the city of Singapore received new arms (see below) and the arms were used for the colony as such, until the adoption of the national arms in 1959. The above arms were also part of the arms of the Straits Settlements.

Use of the arms

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The arms on a coin
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The arms as shown on the parliament building

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