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Malaya

set of states on Malay Peninsula and island of Singapore under British dominance from 18th to 20th centuries
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Malaya was the colonial British term for its colony on the Malay Peninsula. The modern countries in the area are:

  • Malaysia which incorporates most of the peninsula plus several island territories
  • Singapore, a densely populated and highly developed island city at the tip of the peninsula
  • The southern part of Thailand includes part of the Malay Peninsula, used to consist of Malay sultanates and continues to have a Malay Muslim majority in some provinces, but it was never politically part of Malaya.

Malay or Bahasa Malaysia/Bahasa Melayu is the main language of the area, with English being a common second language.

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