The Brunei flag consists of four colours: a yellow backdrop, with two wide strips of white and black cutting diagonally across and the state crest in red right in the middle. The national flag of Brunei was first used in 1906 when Brunei signed an agreement with Britain
The colours on the flag represented the signatories to the agreement: yellow for the Sultan, white for the Pengiran Bendahara, and black for Pengiran Pemancha.
The National Crest, added to the centre of the flag in 1959, consists of:
• the Bendera (flag).
• the Payung Ubor-Ubor (royal umbrella).
• the Sayap (wing of four feathers) which signifies justice,
tranquility, prosperity and peace.
• the Tangan (hands) which represents the government’s pledge
to promote welfare, peace and prosperity.
• the Bulan (crescent) which symbolises Islam, the national
religion of Brunei Darussalam.
The Arabic characters inscribed on the crescent read: ‘Always in Service with God’s Guidance’ , while the words on the scroll mean: ‘Brunei, the Abode of Peace’.
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