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Malayan

(məlā`ən) or

Malay

(mā`lā), general term for one of a population of persons inhabiting SE Asia and the adjacent islands. The Malays vary greatly in physical appearance. The term Indonesian, used as an alternative for Malayan, is sometimes applied to the people of interior districts, who are thought to be related to the Pygmies or Negritos (probably the earlier inhabitants of the region). In the coastal districts there has been intermixture with the Arabs, the Chinese, the Indians, and the Thais. Scores of languages or dialects are spoken; they form a group of the Malayo-Polynesian languagesMalayo-Polynesian languages
, sometimes also called Austronesian languages
, family of languages estimated at from 300 to 500 tongues and understood by approximately 300 million people in Madagascar; the Malay Peninsula; Indonesia and New Guinea; the Philippines;
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. Among anthropologists the term Malayan is used exclusively to describe an inhabitant of the Malayan Peninsula.
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Granborne Chase, Kirkby, the former site of the Malayan Teacher Training College revisited by former teachers, their families and local residents.
Sarah Roffe, team manager, said: "It's wonderful to hear the pitter-patter of tiny, spotty Malayan tapir feet again for only the second time ever in the zoo's long history.
Dr Siti Hasmah who is also the patron of the Save Our Malayan Tiger Campaign which was launched in conjunction with World Wildlife Day 2019, earlier this month, expressed gratitude for being able to be part of this national conservation campaign.
While insurance firms have traditionally helped with infrastructure projects through joint private-public partnerships, the new circular now encourages independent and straightforward investment with public project, Malayan said.
This chapter is an evocation of the world of the revolutionary, and is a valuable and enjoyable presentation, best read in tandem with chapter 7, "On the Malayan Left", which analyses the divisions and fragilities within the Malayan Communist Party.
Building on data from the enclave of Oecussi and Ambeno, located on the Western (Dutch) side of the island, Correia laid the basis for the creation of a sort of Malayan racial type for 'Portuguese Timor' as a whole.
"Today we should reflect on the Australian service personnel who served in the Malayan Emergency and Indonesian Confrontation, and pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice."
Like Yao, I grew up hearing tales of the Malayan Emergency and had to study it at school.
"It was the first time that these veterans have been together in over 60 years since fighting in the Malayan jungle.
Historically, the Malayan pangolin was an abundant and common animal in Malaysia.
An impressive Malayan tapir exhibit features both outdoor and indoor pools while offering stunning viewing opportunities for visitors to enjoy a completely unique perspective of the animals.
The four species that have been evaluated (the Brazilian, Malayan, Baird's and mountain tapir) are all classified as endangered or vulnerable.