Burning of Singapore flag by Vietnam rioters a serious incident: MFA

SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said it has verified reports that a Singapore flag was burnt on Tuesday by demonstrators in the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park I amid violent anti-China protests.

The ministry said that the Singapore embassy in Hanoi conveyed strong concerns over the incident to the Vietnamese government on Wednesday, and made representations to the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Public Security to ensure it does not happen again.

"The flag is a sacred national symbol and should be treated with respect," said the MFA in a statement today.

It added that the Singapore government is monitoring the situation in Vietnam closely, and noted that there have not been 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.