Malay speaking countriesMalay is an official language in Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia and Singapore and is spoken in 3 other 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 33.12 million native speakers, Malay has the highest prevalence in Indonesia. As a percentage of the total population, the largest share of around 58 percent is in Malaysia. A total of about 57.0 million people worldwide speak Malay as their mother tongue.
|Indonesia||Southeast Asia||yes||12.1 %||33,124,000|
|Malaysia||Southeast Asia||yes||58.4 %||19,607,000|
|Thailand||Southeast Asia||no||3.6 %||2,578,000|
|Philippines||Southeast Asia||no||0.7 %||797,000|
|Singapore||Southeast Asia||yes||11.9 %||649,000|
|Brunei||Southeast Asia||yes||45.5 %||203,000|
|East Timor||Southeast Asia||no||2.2 %||29,000|
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 unlikely to be listed here.