“Majulah Singapura” (“Onward Singapore”) is the national anthem of Singapore. Composed by Zubir Said in 1958 as a theme song for official functions of the City Council of Singapore, the song was selected in 1959 as the island’s anthem when it attained self-government. Upon full independence in 1965, “Majulah Singapura” was formally adopted as Singapore’s national anthem. By law the anthem may only be sung with its original Malay lyrics, although there exist authorized translations of the lyrics of the anthem in Singapore’s three other official languages: English, Mandarin and Tamil.
Originally composed in the key of G major, in 2001 the national anthem was officially relaunched in the lower key of F major as this was said to allow for a “grander and more inspiring arrangement”.
The national anthem is regularly performed or sung in schools and armed forces camps at ceremonies held at the beginning and/or the end of each day, during which the national flag is also raised and lowered and the national pledge is taken. Singaporeans are especially encouraged to sing the national anthem on occasions of national celebration or national significance such as at the National Day Parade, at National Day observance ceremonies conducted by educational institutions and government departments, and at sporting events at which Singapore teams are participating.
Singapore National Anthem Lyrics
Mari kita ra’yat
Singapura sama sama menuju bahagia.
Chita chita kita yang mulia
Marilah kita bersatu,
Dengan semangat yang baru.
Semua kita berseru
Majulah Singapura! Marira!
Singapore National anthem English Translation:
Let us, the people of Singapore, together march
forward towards happiness.
Our noble aspiration is to see Singapore achieve success.
Let us unite in a new spirit.
We all pray:
May Singapore Progress.