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Malays (ethnic group)

Malays (ethnic group)
1st row: Hamzah Haz • Hang Tuah • Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei 2nd row: Mizan Zainal AbidinP. RamleeSheikh Muszaphar Shukor 3rd row: Siti Nurhaliza • Surin Pitsuwan • Tunku Abdul Rahman 4th row: Nazril Irham • Yusof IshakM. Nasir
Ethnic group
Population datec. 27.8 million
Malaysia Malaysia14,749,378 (2010 estimate)
Brunei261,902 (2010 estimate)
Indonesia Indonesia8,789,585 (2010 estimate)
Thailand Thailand3,354,475 (2010 estimate)
Singapore Singapore653,449 (2010 estimate)

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Malays ( Jawi: ملايو) are an ethnic group of Austronesian people predominantly inhabiting the Malay Peninsula, including the southernmost parts of Thailand, the east coast of Sumatra, the coast of Borneo, and the smaller islands which lie between these locations. The Malay ethnic group is distinct from the concept of a Malay race, which encompasses a wider group of people, including most of Indonesia and the Philippines. The Malay language is a member of the Austronesian family of languages.

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