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About Malay Language

Malay is recognized as an official language not only in Malaysia but also in other countries, including Brunei, Singapore and the Cocos Islands. There are more than 220 million Malay speakers worldwide, with 77 million being native speakers. Malay and Indonesian are closely related since they belong to the same language family, but they have developed uniquely enough to be differentiated. Similar to Indonesian, Malay has many loan words borrowed from other languages such as Arabic, Sanskrit, Portuguese and Dutch.

History of Malay alphabet

Even though Latin script (Rumi) is widely used nowadays, in the past Malay was written using many different scripts. Found in Sumatra, the earliest evidence of inscriptions in Malay date back to the 7th century and were written in Grantha script, widely used in South India at that time. Later in the 14th century, the Arabic script (Jawi) was adapted to be used for writing Malay by Islam people arriving in the country and had become the most commonly used script in the region. From the 17th century onwards, it has been gradually replaced by the Rumi script because of Dutch and British influences.

Localizable Malay Translation service

Because of Malaysia’s fast-growing economy, the country has become a hugely significant market which provides many business opportunities for global players. Additionally, with its high and still increasing population, there has been a rise in Malay translation needs like never before. At SiteEngine we truly understand the importance of speedy yet accurate translation and continuously strive to deliver high quality translation services to maximize client satisfaction.