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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 54.2 million people worldwide speak Malay as their mother tongue.

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
IndonesiaSoutheast Asiayes12.1 %32,387,000
MalaysiaSoutheast Asiayes58.4 %18,413,000
ThailandSoutheast Asiano3.6 %2,499,000
SingaporeSoutheast Asiayes11.9 %671,000
BruneiSoutheast Asiayes45.5 %195,000