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The Republic of Singapore, is a southeast asian city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. An island country made up of 63 islands, it is separated from Malaysia by the Straits of Johor to its north and from Indonesia's Riau Islands by the Singapore Strait to its south.
The country is not further divided into separate municipalities.
National arms of Singapore
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).
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.
Arms of the City of Singapore
The arms were granted on April 9, 1948 to the Singapore Municipal Commission.
Gules, a tower issuant from the base proper; on the battlements thereof a lion passant guardant Or; on a chief embattled of the last a pair of wings conjoined in base between two anchors azure, and for the crest on a wreath argent and azure on front of a palm tree fructed proper, issuant from a mount vert, a lion passant Or.
I have no information on the origin/meaning of these arms. Any information is welcome !
Use of the arms
The arms on a coin
The arms as shown on the parliament building