Malay Wikipedia

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Wikipedia Bahasa Melayu
ويکيڤيديا بهاس ملايو
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Wikipedia Bahasa Melayu
Type of site
Online encyclopedia
Available inMalay
HeadquartersMiami, Florida
OwnerWikimedia Foundation
LaunchedOctober 26, 2002

The Malay Wikipedia (Malay: Wikipedia Bahasa Melayu, Jawi alphabet: ويکيڤيديا بهاس ملايو, abbreviation: mswiki) is the Malay edition of Wikipedia. It uses the Malay alphabet only and not the Jawi alphabet. This edition was started on 26 October 2002 and has about 323,162 articles as of January 2019 and is the 29th largest Wikipedia by number of articles. The system was activated by Wikipedia administrator Brion Vibber.[1][2]

Despite the similarities between Malay and Indonesian, the Malay Wikipedia and Indonesian Wikipedia were started separately by two different user groups. The Indonesian Wikipedia was started about six months after the Malay Wikipedia was. As of 2009, the Indonesian Wikipedia had three times the number of active editors and articles the Malay Wikipedia had. In 2009 Andrew Lih wrote "Because these groups are drawn on national boundaries, merging is not likely to happen soon."[3]

Starting 27 July 2016, file upload at the Malay Wikipedia (along with Czech, Spanish, Basque, Gujarati, Portuguese, Simple English and Swedish Wikipedia)[a] is no longer facilitated and instead redirected to Wikimedia Commons due to copyright infringement issues. However, file upload at the English, Indonesian and other Wikipedia remains operable.

Since 2016, Malay Wikipedia has had a dearth of administrators.[citation needed]

In June 2020, it was the third most visited language Wikipedia in Malaysia with 11 million page views.[4] It ranked below the English Wikipedia (59 million page views in Malaysia)[5] and the Chinese Wikipedia (14 million page views in Malaysia)[6] but above the Indonesian Wikipedia (only 1 million page views in Malaysia).[7]



Graph of outgrowth of Malay Wikipedia (in Malay).


  • Lih, Andrew. The Wikipedia Revolution: How a Bunch of Nobodies Created the World's Greatest Encyclopedia. Hyperion, New York. 2009. 1st ed. ISBN 978-1-4013-0371-6 (paper).



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