Fair Land Sarawak

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Fair Land Sarawak

National anthem of Crown Colony of Sarawak
later Malaysian State of Sarawak

Lyrics F. C. Ogden, unknown
Music George R. K. Freeth, unknown
Adopted 1946
Relinquished 31 August 1973
Audio sample
Instrumental Version

"Fair Land Sarawak" was the state anthem of Sarawak, alongside "God Save the King/Queen" from 1946 (post handover) until 1973, where it was replaced with a new anthem titled "Sarawak Bahagia".

The lyricist was F.C. Ogden.[1] The tune is from the previous "Gone Forth Beyond The Sea", but revised and arranged by George R. K. Freeth in 1963.[2]

Lyrics[edit]

Fair Land Sarawak
We will never cease to honour thee
and with our loyal sons
Defend your liberty
From your high forest hills,
Down to the open sea
May freedom ever reign
Men live in unity
Proudly our Flag flies high
above our Country strong and free
Long may our People live
in peace and harmony

Iban version[edit]

A Iban version of the national anthem is said to have been composed by Abang Ujai:

Pemanah Sarawak kami selalu meri puji
Nyaga pengelantang menua anak kami
Ari bukit, kampung ngagai tasik nyadi
Pemaik meruan, kami begempung ati
Tinggi menira bediri diatas menua kami
Gayu mensia diau likun enggau rami

Malay version[edit]

The following is a literal translation of the lyrics in Malay:

Sarawak Tanah Airku
Engkau akan kami sanjung
Dengan anakmu yang setia
Akan kami berjuang
Dari bukit-bukau
Hingga ke laut samudera
Semoga terus aman sentosa
Hidup dengan bersatu padu
Berkibarlah oh benderaku
Di negaraku terus teguh dan bebas
Semoga rakyat hidup bersama
Dalam aman dan harmoni

Mandarin version[edit]

美麗砂朥越我們忠心愛您永不停
愛國兒女們保衛您自由安寧
從遼闊大海遠達高大的山林
願自由恆久統治民活和諧裡
傲然我國旗飄揚自由壯麗永高升
願我民安寧生活和平融洽裡

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