|Region||Bengkulu Province, Sumatra|
|1.6 million (2000 census)|
Bengkulu (Besemah, Pesemah), or Central Malay, is a Malayan language spoken on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, around the city of Bengkulu. It is more closely related to other Malay variants in Sumatra such as Col, Jambi Malay and Palembang Malay as well Minangkabau spoken in neighbouring West Sumatra than to Rejang, which is also spoken in the province.
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