A race that resides mainly in Malaysia but can be found in Singapore, Brunei and other countries. Makes up the majority of the population in Malaysia. Interestingly enough although they claim to be natives of the country, they do not actually originate from Malaysia. Even so they are given many privileges, including housing, education and business contracts over the other races. They also seem to perform poorly acedemically and in a general consensus taken in 1998 from all high schools, they was a worrying gap between their grades as compared to the other races. However, they remain an integral part of the community as they make up the majority of the manual labour work force.
Malaysia consists of many races, mainly malay, chinese and indian.
Zakaria is a malay girl.
by AdamJones September 21, 2007
Malay is an ethnic group of people who first arrived in the Malay Peninsular and are believed to have come from the southern parts of China. Their main language of communication is Malay with several types of dialects.

The Malay race can be found in Malaysia, Singapore, Southern Thailand, Brunei and parts of Indonesia.

This race is also defined in the Malaysian Constituition as : " A person who is a Muslim, goes by a Muslim name, Speaks the Malay language at home with their family, and practice the Malay customs and culture". This definition has somewhat included the Indian Muslims residing in Malaysia to treated as a Malay.

A wider net of this is also casted on the Malaysians of mixed lineage of which one of their parents are also Malay and that they now go by a Muslim name and practice the Malay customs.

A person born in Malaysia with mixed parentage of which one of them is ethnically Malay and do not practice the Muslim faith and Malay custom and do not go by a Muslim name cannot be considered a Malay. In the Post Independence era of Malaysia this is practically an impossibility as all Malays need to be a Muslim and that anyone marrying a Muslim must convert to Islam before they are permitted to marry. However in Pre-Indepence Malaysia this was possible resulting a person with Mixed Chinese and Malay parentage be called Baba or Nyonya. Unfortunately Baba and Nyonya's now are considered Chinese and are not entitled to the rights and previleges of other Indegenous people in Malaysia including the Malays.

In Malaysia, the Malays are usually made up of the most elite to the middle class. There is also a huge group of Malays who will never make it out of poverty as they do not have the political connections to bring them out of poverty.

This is a group of people who are very advance in terms of political science and social science. So much so that the other major ethnic groups in Malaysia are outsmart by the Malays and still do not know the fact. The Chinese and the Indians in Malaysia keep thinking that they deserve to be treated better and that the Malay mentality is inferior to their own detriment.
Tun Tan Cheng Lock was a Baba as he is not a Muslim he cannot be considered a Malay hence is not entitled to privileges like other indigenous groups in Malaysia.,
Dr Mahathir Mohamed is considered a Malay as he practices the Muslim faith and goes by a Muslim name and he also practice the Malay custom at home.,
A Malay person will be entitled to special rights according to the New Economic policy practiced in Malaysia,
A person immigrated from neighbouring Indonesia in to Malaysia will be accorded special rights and previliges as a Malay as long as he is able to get an identity card.,
A Malay is a person who speaks Malay as their mother toungue,
by Locitan September 10, 2007
Malay, Malays, Melayu
Malay is a race of people who are often subject to racial discrimination and stereotypical prejudices by the narrow-minded people of other races. (NOT to say that other races are narrow-minded, with the exceptions of several of those who are overly radical anti-Malays).

A majority of Malay people emphasize on ethical customs, are actually very competent and capable.

With the growth of urbanization, malay traditional customs tend to be combined with Western culture for the lifestyles of several Malays inhabiting this world.

Malays do not ONLY reside in Malaysia. They also reside in Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and a lot of other countries.
by Izzati June 11, 2006
A gentleman who is incredibly strong but also sensitive. A sweet guy that puts others before himself. He is brave, sweet, honest, and completely amazing, as well as cute. He is mature and tries to keep everyone happy. A person who is an angel and who I'm lucky to know and care a lot about. Overall, the perfect guy every girl dreams about.
All I can say is, what an amazing guy. He must be Malay
by Maddy26 November 24, 2021
The leader of the squad. The most sexy one. Has no fears, asked rayne out and is still going strong. An absolute beast overall.
Malai is the person of the century
by Malai’s Right Hand Man June 7, 2021
1 of the 5 races that exist in the early century
In the early century Malay people can be found in Madagascar,Southern Thai, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei and The Phillipines
Majority in Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia (Indonesian people is under the Malay race)
Minority in Thailand and Singapore(Even thought Sg is technically a Malay country,Chinese people keep thinking Sg is theirs just bcause chinese has a major population in there)
by Krez hx June 7, 2021
It is a race in Malaysia, once known as Tanah Melayu. One of the three popular races in Malaysia, but highly populated than the other two, the Chinese and Indian. Malay people is mostly fair skin and have an average height. Malay people are Muslims which are the believer of Islam.
Are you a Malay?
by what'sthis? June 5, 2015