Malaysia's population is approximately 24 million. Around half of the population of Malaysia is Malays; the second largest group is the Chinese (33%). Indians constitute nearly 10% of the population, while Orang Asli-the original people of Malaysia or aborigines-are present in very small number.
Official language of Malaysia is Bahasa Melayu, also known as Bahasa
Malaysia. Chinese dialects (Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien, Hakka, Hainan,
Foochow) Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Punjabi is spoken by the
respective ethnic groups. English is the language of business and also
facilitates communication between different language groups. In East
Malaysia several indigenous languages are spoken, major among them are
Iban and Kadazan.