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Malay is the language of Malaysia (Peninsular). Malay has a classification of Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Malayic, Malayan, and Local Malay.
Regions Spoken: Malay is spoken throughout all of the districts of Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, and Sarawak. Malay is also spoken in countries like Brunei, Indonesia (Sumatra), Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, and the United States of America
Alternate Name: Some other names for the Malay language are Bahasa Malaysia, Bahsa Malayu, Malayu, Melaju, Melayu, and Standard Malay.
Dialects: Some of the dialects for the Malay language are Trengganu, Kelantan, Kedah, Perak (Southern Malay), Sarawak Malay, and Bazaar Malay (Low Malay, Pasae Malay, Pasie Malay, and Trade Malay). Bazaar Malay is used to refer to a lot of regional nonstandard dialects. More than 80% of the language is similar to Indonesian.
Brief History: Malay is an official language and has about 3,000,000 people who speak Malay as a second language. Malay speakers also tend to speak English, Chinese, or/and Tamil. Malay was used in Roman and Arabic scripts, in newspapers, radio and TV programs, and in the Bible from 1733-1993.
Malay is a major language of the Austronesian family.
It is the national language of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei, and it is one of four official languages of Singapore.
It is spoken natively by 40 million people across the Malacca Strait, including the coasts of the Malay Peninsula of Malaysia and the eastern coast of Sumatra in Indonesia, and has been established as a native language of part of western coastal Sarawak and West Kalimantan in Borneo.
The total number of speakers of the language is more than 215 million when couning second and third languages..