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Yip Hon Weng on National Symbols Bill

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More clarity is needed on the use and design guidelines for national symbols, so that those wanting to use the images will not have to constantly consult the relevant bodies or go through “onerous” approval processes, said MP Yip Hon Weng in Parliament on Tuesday (Sep 13). Noting that the interpretation of designs can be contentious, he asked how specific the proposed regulations will be, how penalties will be enforced and whether users will be given time to redress an offence before enforcement action is taken. Mr Yip pointed out that without clear guidelines, especially for the national flag and lion head symbol, a product or service may appear to be authorised or endorsed by the Government when it is not. He also asked if social groups are allowed to use the national flag and other national emblems in what could be seen as a patriotic gesture but could in fact be an attempt to gain public support for their activities or causes.

More clarity is needed on the use and design guidelines for national symbols, so that those wanting to use the images will not have to constantly consult the relevant bodies or go through “onerous” approval processes, said MP Yip Hon Weng in Parliament on Tuesday (Sep 13). Noting that the interpretation of designs can be contentious, he asked how specific the proposed regulations will be, how penalties will be enforced and whether users will be given time to redress an offence before enforcement action is taken. Mr Yip pointed out that without clear guidelines, especially for the national flag and lion head symbol, a product or service may appear to be authorised or endorsed by the Government when it is not. He also asked if social groups are allowed to use the national flag and other national emblems in what could be seen as a patriotic gesture but could in fact be an attempt to gain public support for their activities or causes.

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