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The National Anthem which is played at official ceremonies in Brunei Darussalam was officially adopted in 1952 soon after His Highness the Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien (Al-Marhum Siltan Haji Omer ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien) was crowned Sultan succeeding his elder brother, the late Sultan Ahmad Tajuddin on 6th June 1950.

In 1947, a group of youths decided that their country should fall in line with other modern states by having its own national anthem. They chose two of their number to compose the tune and write the lyrics for a national anthem and from their efforts the present national anthem was born.

The anthem is now played throughout the country on all ceremonial occasions.

The composer of the tune and the writer of lyrics were the late Awang Haji Besar bin Sagap and Pengiran Haji Mohamed Yusuf bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Rahim (now Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Setia Negara Pengiran Haji Mohamed Yusuf bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Rahim) respectively.

Prior to its adoption, the national anthem went through many processes of development at the hands of several Malay teachers, in particular, Awang haji Mohamed Sum bin Hashim who was the first to introduce the tune to schoolchildren in Malay Schools in Brunei Town (now Bandar Seri Begawan).

The idea caught up very quickly for soon other Malay teachers taught the tune to their pupils in other schools throughout the state. Within a few weeks most schoolchildren had become familiar with the tune and lyrics of the anthem.

Although the tune was not officially adopted as the National Anthem until almost four year later, its popularity had become statewide and it was the practice to play the tune at gatherings such as concerts, official opening ceremonies and other funtions. It was given the respect due to the British National Anthem of ‘God Save The King’ which was also played on those occasions.

Royal recognition of the tune as National Anthem came not long afterwards when the late Sultan Ahmad Tajuddin attended a flag raising ceremony held in Brunei Town on the anniversary of the Brunei youth League in 1947.

At the ceremony His Highness broke the league’s standard to the accompaniment of the tune originally composed by the late Awang Haji Besar bin Sagap.


Allah Peliharakan Sultan

Music by: Haji Awang Besar Sagap
Lyric by: Yura Halim

Ya Allah lanjutkanlah Usia
Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia
Adil berdaulat menaungi nusa
Memimpin rakyat kekal bahagia
Hidup sentosa Negara dan Sultan
Ilahi selamatkan Brunei Darussalam

God Bless His Majesty

God Bless His Majesty
With A Long Life

Justly And Nobly Rule The Kingdom
And Lead Our People Happily Forever
Peacefully Be, The Kingdom and Sultan
Lord, Save Brunei, The Abode of Peace