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Malay speaking countries

Malay is the official language in Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia and Singapore and is spoken in 1 more countries as monther tongue by a part of the population. The Malay language (native name: Bahasa Melayu, بهاس ملايو‎) has its roots in the Austronesian language family.

With a share of around 58%, it is most widespread in Malaysia. A total of about 55.4 m people worldwide speak Malay as their mother tongue.

Distribution Malay

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
IndonesiaSoutheast Asiayes12.1 %33,096,000
MalaysiaSoutheast Asiayes58.4 %18,902,000
ThailandSoutheast Asiano3.6 %2,513,000
SingaporeSoutheast Asiayes11.9 %677,000
BruneiSoutheast Asiayes45.5 %199,000


Unless otherwise described in the text, this page is about native speakers - not the total number of speakers. How many people understand or speak Malay as a subsequently learned language is not the subject of this page. Countries where native speakers make up only a few thousand or even a few hundred people, or countries with a percentage well below 1%, are maybe not listed here.