Brunei country profile – updated
With the explosion of the Internet, the world has surely grown smaller. Brunei is indeed a very small country but the name would crop up once in awhile in the Internet. Being a Bruneian, I am interested in what other people or other countries say about Brunei, good or bad.
I am use to people mixing up pictures between the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque and the Jame’ Asr Hassanil Bolkiah or even that of the Istana Nurul Iman. I think the golden dome is the confusing part. I am also used to Brunei being located somewhere in the Middle East or even in Africa.
Now this country profile on Brunei really caught my eyes earlier. I read all the way down to the last information on the national anthem and I almost fell from my chair.
It says that the Brunei national anthem is like this:
For the Lord Himself has said
That nations vanish from the earth
But Albania shall live on
Because for her, it is for her that we fight
Now, this is surely incorrect. This is NOT the country’s national anthem. And what’s Albania got to do with Brunei I wonder? Has the site been hacked or the editor’s not checking the page? The profile even have the cheek to say that the information was correct on the date of first publication, Saturday 18 April 2009.
The following is the correct Brunei National Anthem with its translation (taken from Mr Brunei Resources).
Did you notice that the anthem is almost the same with the UK’s?
(Lyrics and Arrangement)
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
Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2009.
Upon checking on the profile page this morning, the Brunei’s National Anthem was replaced. A note on that website said that there was an editor’s error whereby the Albanian anthem was put instead.