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Flag of Syburi Province


Capital Alor Setar
 -  Japan hands over Kedah to Thailand 18 October 1943
 -  Thailand returns annexed territories to United Kingdom September 1945
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Syburi (Thai: ไทรบุรี; RTGS: Sai Buri, meaning "City of Banyan") is the name for the Malay state of Kedah returned to Thailand when the Japanese occupied British Malaya during World War II.

In July 1943, Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo announced that Kedah (along with Perlis, Kelantan and Terengganu) were to be returned to Thailand as part of the military alliance signed between Thailand and Japan on December 21, 1941.

From 18 October 1943 until the surrender of the Japanese at the end of the war, Kelantan, Terengganu, Kedah and Perlis were under Thai administration. On September 23, 1945, Kedah and the three other states were returned to the British.

People born in Syburi are considered subjects of the King of Thailand; thus, people who were born there and are now living in the state of Kedah are permitted to purchase land and live in Thailand even though technically, they are now living in a Malaysian state.[citation needed]

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