By law, the state anthem is sung in Malay after the national anthem of Malaysia, Negaraku, accompanied by the raising of the Penang flag. It is regularly played during official state ceremonies and events, including the Malaysian Independence Day (31 August) and the birthday of the current Governor of Penang (9 July).
HistoryUntuk Negeri Kita was composed by James W. Boyle (1922-1971), an Eurasian Penangite. In the post-war years, he gained fame worldwide as a jazz musician and composer. Unfortunately, he did not live to see the introduction of his song as the state anthem.
It was first played on 22 December 1972, during the birthday celebrations of the then Governor of Penang, Tun Syed Sheh Hassan Barakhbah.
By law, Untuk Negeri Kita must be played after the Malaysian national anthem, Negaraku, in official ceremonies and events within the State of Penang. It is also played at least once weekly in all schools throughout Penang.
The anthem is also accompanied by the raising of the Penang flag.
When the state anthem of Penang is played, all persons present must stand at attention facing the Penang flag with their arms by their sides.
The anthem is to be sung in its original composition, which is in Malay.
Selamat Tuhan kurniakan
Selamat Pulau Pinang
Negeriku yang mulia
Ku taat dan setia
Aman dan bahagia
Negeriku yang ku cinta
Bersatu dan bersama
Untuk negeri kita
May God grant safety
Safety to Penang
My noble state
To which I am loyal and faithful
Peaceful and happy
Progress and succeed
My state which I love
United and together
For our state