Whenever someone mentioned the 2002 World Cup hosted by Japan and South Korea, image of this female fan always come to my mind.
No, its not because she is pretty. I remember her for the way she showed her patriotism – wearing the South Korea national flag as a dress.
And she is not the first person in the world to wear national flag to show patriotism. We always see people incorporate their national flag design to their dressing. But not in Singapore. Why? Because of the Singapore Arms and Flag and National Anthem Act.
No person shall use or apply the Flag or any image thereof as or as part of any costume or attire except in such circumstances as may be approved by the Minister, being circumstances wherein there is no disrespect for the Flag
Honestly, I hate this law. Why must a citizen seek the Minister’s approval to show his/her patriotism by using the flag image on his/her attire? This doesn’t make sense at all.
The national water polo team got into trouble lately at the 2010 Asian Games for their custom-made swimming trunks. Here’s a picture of the swimming trunk.
Some people might find it disrespectful because the crescent moon and stars are near the groin area. But is it disrespectful? Or rather, is there an intent to be disrespectful? I don’t think so.
It can only be disrespectful if the intent to place the design there is to be disrespectful. Just because the design is near the groin area doesn’t mean that it is disrespectful. There is only that much area on the swimming trunk. What do you want? The water polo team custom made that swimming trunk to show their patriotism. Why are we stopping them?
In fact, we should salute them for displaying their patriotism at the Asian Games. Most of our athletes in other sports are foreign talents. Do you think they are patriotic towards Singapore?
The water polo team is representing Singapore in an international tournaments. They want to wear the crescent moon and five stars to show their patriotism. What is wrong with that? It’s time we stop being so narrow minded.
MICA should be happy that our water polo team are patriotic. And not stop them from displaying their patriotism on international arena. In fact MICA should allow all Singaporeans to use the National Flag in any way they want to show their love towards Singapore.
The government always wonder why Singaporeans aren’t patriotic and don’t have the sense of belonging here. How do you be patriotic when you can’t even use your own national flag to display your love for the country? This is my country. This is my flag. Why can’t I wear it to show my patriotism?
Let Singaporeans wear our national flag to show their patriotism.