The Malay language is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world boasting more than 200 million speakers. It’s the official language in Malaysia, Brunei, and Singapore, a regional language in Indonesia, and a working language in East Timor. Even a percentage of the populations of Myanmar, Hong Kong, and the United States speak Malay.Instant quote
The Malaysian language is called Bahasa Melayu in Malaysia and Bahasa Indonesia in Indonesia. However, the linguistic differences are small and correspond to the differences between English spoken in the U.S. and the U.K.
Malay belongs to the Austronesian language family. The first written evidence of Old Malay dates back to the 7th century. Linguistic influences from the Indian and Persian region are traceable, as Buddhism came to Malaysia from India. Influences from the Arab region are evident as well, in that Malay characters are Arabic characters.Instant quote
By colonial times, a standard vernacular had emerged in Malaysia. This resulted from a uniform educational system that the English had introduced in Malaysia. When the multi-ethnic country was finally given independence, it possessed a standardized official language: the Bahasa Melayu. As stipulated by law, this official language was to be used in all print and broadcast media.
In contrast, the Dutch colonial government officially introduced the Latin script in Indonesia. In light of Indonesia declaring its independence after World War II, Bahasa Indonesia became the country’s official language. From its origins in East Sumatra, this language spread across the entirety of Indonesia.
A few decades ago, Malaysia and Indonesia agreed on uniformly implementing Latin script. The Arabic alphabet was then abolished. Malay orthography was standardized in Malaysia and Indonesia as well.
The inhabitants of both countries are able to communicate very well with each other. Nowadays, there has also been an increase in words from other languages spoken in the Indonesian region finding their way into Malay. These include words and phrases from Javanese in particular.
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