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However, the latter explanation is incorrect: the territory had been named Sarawak before the arrival of James Brooke, and the word awak was not in the vocabulary of Sarawak Malay before the formation of Malaysia.

Located in northwest Borneo Island, Sarawak is bordered by the Malaysian state of Sabah to the northeast, Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of Borneo, to the south, and the independent country of Brunei in the north.

The capital city, Kuching, is the economic centre of the state and seat of the Sarawak state government.

A popular alternative explanation is that it is a contraction of the four Malay words purportedly uttered by Pangeran Muda Hashim (uncle to the Sultan of Brunei), "Saya serah pada awak" (I surrender it to you), when he gave Sarawak to James Brooke, an English explorer in 1841.

James Brooke later became the first of the White Rajah dynasty to govern Sarawak.

These birds are important cultural symbols for the Dayak people, representing the spirit of God.

It is also believed that if a hornbill is seen flying over residences, it will bring good luck to the local community.

He, and his descendants, governed the state from 1841 to 1946.