Timorese in Malaysia

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Malaysians of Timorese origin
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Johore, Sabah
Malay, Indonesian, Tetum and Portuguese
Roman Catholicism, Protestant, Islam
Related ethnic groups
Demographics of East Timor, other ethnic groups in Indonesia

The Timorese Malaysians or Florenese Malaysians consists of people of full or partial Timorese descent who were born in or immigrated to Malaysia. Timorese in Malaysia consist mainly of Timorese formerly resident in Indonesian West Timor as well as recent migrants from East Timor. Most of the Timorese arrived following the occupation of East Timor by Indonesia. Most of these Timorese reside in the state of Sabah especially on the east coast area of Tawau Division with some of them intermarried with the local peoples.[1][2]

Relations between the state of Sabah and East Timor[edit]

Since the independence of East Timor from Indonesia, the first President of East Timor Xanana Gusmão has paid a visit to the state of Sabah on a working visit and to see the Timorese communities there.[3][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Geoffrey C. Gunn (18 December 2010). Historical Dictionary of East Timor. Scarecrow Press. pp. 71–. ISBN 978-0-8108-7518-0.
  2. ^ Geoffrey C. Gunn, Timor Loro Sae 500 years (Macau: Livros do Oriente, 1999). ISBN 972-9418-69-1
  3. ^ "Timor-Leste PM arrives in Sabah". Bernama. New Straits Times. 2 April 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Sabah university, Timor-Leste ink MoU on oil and gas industrial training cooperation". Bernama. The Brunei Times. 3 April 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2015.

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