The various colours of the state emblem are the colours of Malaysia. This indicates Malacca as being a part of Malaysia. The five keris or swords represent five famous and brave warriors of ancient Malacca: Hang Tuah, Hang Jebat, Hang Lekiu, Hang Lekir and Hang Kasturi. The crescent moon and star at the top centre are the symbols of Islam, the national religion. The tree and two mousedeers symbolise the tale of Malacca’s founding. Parameswara had witnessed a fight between a mousedeer and a dog whilst resting beneath a Malacca tree. Impressed by the intelligence and prowess of the small-bodied mousedeer, he decided to set residence there and named it Malacca. The state motto reads “Unity is Strength”.