Malay Indonesian

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Malay Indonesians
Melayu Indonesia

ملايو إندونيسيا
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Total population
IndonesiaIndonesia 8,789,585 (2010 estimate)
Regions with significant populations
South Sumatra: 2,139,000
Riau: 1,880,240
West Kalimantan: 1,259,890[1]
Bangka-Belitung: 936,000
Jambi: 914,660
Riau Islands: 600,108
North Sumatra: 582,100
Lampung: 269,240
Jakarta: 165,039
Bengkulu: 125,120
Malay, Indonesian
Sunni Islam (predominantly)
Related ethnic groups
Malaysian Malay, Malays in Singapore, Minang, Acehnese, Banjarese,

Malay Indonesians (Malay and Indonesian: Melayu Indonesia; Jawi script: ملايو إندونيسيا) are ethnic Malays living throughout Indonesia, as one of the indigenous peoples of the island nation. Indonesia has the second largest ethnic Malay population, after Malaysia. Historically, Indonesian, the national language of Indonesia, was derived from the Malay spoken in Riau archipelago, a province in eastern Sumatra. There were a number of Malay kingdoms in Indonesia that covered the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan, such as Srivijaya, Melayu Kingdom, Sultanate of Deli, Johor-Riau Sultanate , Sultanate of Bulungan, Pontianak Sultanate, and the Sultanate of Sambas.




In the Pontianak incidents during the Japanese occupation of the Dutch East Indies, the Japanese massacred most of the Malay elite and beheaded all of the Malay Sultans in Kalimantan.

Notable Malay Indonesians[edit]


  • Andrea Hirata, Indonesian author
  • Raja Ali Haji, a 19th-century historian, member of the royal house of Riau and Selangor and National Hero of Indonesia





  1. ^ "Propinsi Kalimantan Barat - Dayakologi". Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  2. ^ Tedjasukmana, Jason (June 25, 2010). "Sex Video Scandal and Indonesia's Porn Obsession". TIME magazine. Retrieved 25 June 2010. 

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