The Malays – making up 60 per cent of the population – are predominantly Muslim, speak Bahasa Melayu (many today are at least bi-lingual) and practice Malay customs as a way of life.
The Malays are a gentle people who were historically farmers and coastal traders prior to the rise of the Melaka Sultanate. In post-colonial times, the Malays have taken their place in Malaysian society as public administrators, military personnel and more recently as professionals and corporate players.