Dunging script
Script type
CreatorDunging anak Gunggu
Time period
1947 AD-present (limited use)
DirectionLeft-to-right Edit this on Wikidata
LanguagesIban (limited use)
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The Dunging script or Iban script is a semi-alphabetic script used to write the Iban language of Sarawak. It was based off of Papan Turai and was invented in 1947 by Dunging anak Gunggu (1904–1985), who revised the initial 77 glyphs to the current 59 glyphs in 1962. It has not been used widely until Dr. Bromeley Philip of Universiti Teknologi MARA begun to promote the script again in 2012.[1][2]

Dunging taught the script to a number of his nephews. However, there was little interest from other members of his community. He was invited to teach the script at a school in Betong, but with little success. Since then, unsuccessful attempts were made to revive this script.

In 2010, extending Dunging's work, Dr Bromeley Philip of Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Sarawak developed computer fonts for the Iban alphabet, called LaserIban. His aim is to help preserve the Iban alphabet in digital form in the modern world. The LaserIban is available for Windows and Macintosh computers and is completely cross-platform compatible.[3] LaserIban however, is a legacy typeface encoded onto the Latin block of Unicode, thereby limiting its range of use in computers.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Pemintar Dunging Kedua Bali Nama Seragunting". suarasarawak.my (in Iban). 31 October 2020. Retrieved 13 July 2021.
  2. ^ David, Jacqueline (11 July 2021). "Dunging Script into the millennium". The Borneo Post. Retrieved 27 October 2022.
  3. ^ "Reviving the Iban Alphabet". Phys.org. 18 May 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Dunging Script is Not Encoded in Unicode as of Date". scriptsource.org. 22 March 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2021.
  5. ^ "LaserIban Uses the Latin Block in Unicode". linguistsoftware.com. Retrieved 13 July 2021.