Southern Peninsular Malaysian Hokkien

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Southern Malaysia Hokkien (Chinese: 南马福建話; pinyin: Nán Mǎ Fújiànhuà; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Lâm-Má Hok-kiàn-oē) is a local variant of the Min Nan dialect spoken in Southern Malaysia (Klang, Melaka, Muar, Tangkak, Segamat, Batu Pahat, Pontian, and Johor Bahru. The dialect is almost the same as Singaporean Hokkien as well as Riau Hokkien, and is closely related to Amoy and Taiwanese. However, it is quite distinct from Penang Hokkien and Medan Hokkien. It is almost 100% mutually intelligible between a Singaporean Hokkien speaker and a Southern Malaysia Hokkien speaker.

Similar to the situation in Singapore, the term Hokkien is generally the used by the Chinese in South-east Asia to refer to Min Nan language (闽南语). Southern Malaysia Hokkien is based on Quanzhou accent with some influence from Amoy.

Southern Malaysia Hokkien is also subjected to influence from various languages or dialects spoken in Malaysia. This is influenced to a certain degree by Teochew dialect and is sometimes being regarded to be a combined Hokkien-Teochew speech (especially in Muar, Batu Pahat, Pontian and Johor Bahru). Since the Malaysian Chinese-language broadcast media press (TV and radio FM) is in Cantonese programming, there will be a bit of Cantonese influence. In addition, it has also borrowed many loan words from Malay and English.

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