It has been widely accepted that our Malaysian National Anthem originates from the song TERANG BULAN which used to be The State of Perak’s official anthem. The song was said to be composed by a french, Pierre Jean de Beranger (1780-1857). It was later brought back to Perak by Raja Abdullah and the lyrics were changed and the song was renamed “Allah Lanjutkan Usia Sultan“. Another version of the story goes like this: Sultan Idris Murshidul’adzam Shah (Marhum Rahmatullah) was the Sultan of Perak from 1887 till 1916. During the installation of English Monarch, King Edward VII in 1901, Sultan Idris was in England as the representative to the Malay Sultans for the FEDERATED MALAY STATES. But when His Highness reached the Port of Southampton, Protocol Officer from Colonial Office went to see him and asked about the State Anthem for Perak. Since Perak at that time had none, Raja Harun bin Sultan Abdullah, Confidential Secretary to the Sultan nevertheless didn’t want to tell the Protocol Officer of the actual situation and not wanting to look inferior and stupid, he said that they did have it but it’s just that he didn’t bring the note. He then whistled the melody of the song to him. Then for the first time, Perak State Anthem was heard. It’s first time was in a foreign land. Then came MAMULA MOON. Mamula Moon was composed in year 1947 by Felix Mendelssohn and Terang Bulan was played much earlier in 1887 during the installation of King Edward VII. So obviously MAMULA MOON was a “CIPLAK!”..Anyhow, listen now to MAMULA MOON below:
LAGU MAMULA MOON FROM HAWAIIAN TUNE?