Adopted in 1961, the Presidential Standard is a red flag with a white crescent moon and five stars emblazoned in the centre. The colour red symbolises universal brotherhood and equality. The crescent represents a young country on the ascent. The five stars represent democracy, peace, progress, justice and equality.
The Presidential Standard is flown from the highest point on the Istana main building from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm when the President is in the country.
Note: All uses of the Presidential symbols (which include the Presidential Crest, the Presidential Standard, the Presidential Chair and the President’s representation such as photos, images, video footages) must be approved by the President. Any external organisations intending to use any Presidential symbols must write to the President’s Office to seek approval.
The President is responsible for safeguarding the national reserves and the integrity of the public service. The President also receives foreign dignitaries, officiates at state functions and performs other ceremonial and community duties.
Besides official functions, the President actively supports community and social causes. The President often graces events organised by grassroots, community and welfare groups, as well as ethnic and religious organisations.
The portraits of President Halimah and her spouse, Mr Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee, are displayed in public buildings. The Presidential Standard is flown at the Istana in the day, when the President is in the country. The Presidential Crest is used on state crockery, gifts and stationery related to the President.