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Malay is a major language of the Austronesian family. It is the official language of Malaysia (as Malaysian), Indonesia (as Indonesian), Brunei (as Melayu Brunei) and Singapore (as the national language and one of four official languages of Singapore). It is spoken natively by 40 million people across the Malacca Strait, including the coasts of the Malay Peninsula of Malaysia and southern Thailand, Riau province, the eastern coast of Sumatra, and the Riau Islands in Indonesia, and has been established as a native language of part of western coastal Sarawak in Borneo.

Malay and Indonesian translations have a lot of common history up until modern era.

  • Albert Cornelius Ruyl - Protestant, translated Mark and Matthew into Malay
  • The main Translators of the Bible into the Malay language, were Melchior Leidekker and Petrus Van der Vorra. Leidekker was appointed to the ministry of the Dutch churches at Batavia in 1678.
  • Today's Malay Version - TMV