MFA: Anti-PRC protestors in Vietnam should not have burnt the Singapore flag

In response to media queries on protestors damaging a Singapore flag in Binh Duong Province, Vietnam, the MFA Spokesman said:

“MFA has verified that a Singapore flag was burnt by demonstrators in the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) I on 13 May 2014. This is a serious incident. The flag is a sacred national symbol and should be treated with respect. The Singapore Embassy in Hanoi promptly conveyed our strong concerns over the flag burning incident to the Vietnamese government on 14 May 2014 via a diplomatic note, and also made representations to the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Public Security to ensure that such an incident does not happen again.

The Singapore government continues to monitor the situation closely and there have not been any reports of Singaporeans affected by the demonstrations so far. Singaporeans in Vietnam who require consular assistance can contact the Singapore Embassy in Hanoi, the Singapore Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City, or the MFA 24-hour duty office.”

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