Malay Translation


  • ISO:9001 quality certified
  • Excellent customer service
  • Expertise in more than 120 languages

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Malay translation services in Singapore

Malay might be one of the official languages of Singapore. But if it’s not your first language, Asian Absolute still makes it easy for you to communicate as if it was. Get Malay translation and interpreting services in Singapore designed with your industry – and your project – in mind.

When it comes to experience translating the official documents required by the Ministry of Manpower – as well as other government bodies – we’ve got you covered too.

Why choose Asian Absolute?

Are you targeting the Malay-speaking community in Singapore? Or in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei or anywhere else around the world?

With Asian Absolute, you’ll soon be doing business with confidence. No matter where your target Malay-speaking marketing happens to be based.


  1. Simple fluency in your target language isn’t enough. Asian Absolute only ever uses native Malay-speaking linguists for your English to Malay translation. We’re almost alone as a Language Service Provider in using English native-speakers for your Malay to English localisation projects too. After all, you carefully constructed your content in your original language so that it has the maximum appeal. Only a native specialist can ensure that your localised version will deliver the same powerful message.
  2. Knowledge of your industry’s terminology is a given.We handpick specialists for your project. Whether that means a native-speaking engineering expert to translate your instruction manuals. Or native marketing professionals to translate your marcoms.
  3. On top of this:
  • Quality certified to the industry’s highest ISO: 9001 standard
  • Translate and interpret from English to Malay of any register or dialect – including those spoken in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and elsewhere
  • Equal expertise in more than 120 other languages
  • Count on work delivered via a global network, guaranteeing incredibly fast turnaround times
  • Rely on an award-winning project management team


Asian Absolute helped in the challenging task of building a world-class translation service. They provide top quality, personal service.

Financial Times

I was extremely impressed by Asian Absolute’s hard work to complete the project to our high standards and within a very tight timeframe.

Global Witness

Many thanks for your help and also for providing an interpreter for the week, she was absolutely fantastic and a real life-saver!

Guinness World Records

“Bahasa” translation services – getting what you actually need

Are you looking for Malaysian translation services? Or Indonesian language support?

We’re often asked for “bahasa” translation services. But “bahasa” simply means “language” in Malay. We’ve found that when faced with this confusion, our other clients have wanted translation services for:

  • Bahasa Malaysia – “Malaysian language”. Standard Malay is spoken globally by 18 million people.
  • Bahasa Indonesia – “Indonesian language” is a form of Malay which is spoken by around 170 million people worldwide.

Asian Absolute provides both, of course. As well as obligation-free advice on which dialect of Malay is the one which will be most suitable for you.

Get Malay translation and interpreting services for your industry

    Your industry will have specific terminology and jargon which only an expert like you will know. This makes it vital that anyone localising your content is an expert too.

    Asian Absolute has a worldwide network of linguists, ensuring we can always match you with a translator qualified and/or experienced in your market sector. This includes all of the following, as well as many others:



    Life Sciences

    Banking & Finance

    Marketing & PR





    Travel & Tourism



    Malay interpreters for your event, meeting or project

    You might need either consecutive or simultaneous interpreters depending on your specific assignment. What kind of event do you need to provide language support for?

    Asian Absolute will always pair you with the right vocal talent or interpreting specialist for the situation:

    • Business meeting
    • Conference or seminar
    • Speech or presentation
    • Social events
    • Dubbing or voice-overs for your video content

    5 proven steps to localise your message

    Whether you need Malay to English or English to Malay translation, we follow a proven, Quality-Assured process when localising your project:

    1. Tell us what you need by phone or email
    2. Approve the obligation-free quote you’re sent
    3. Your team of specialist linguists is chosen – they will have both experience and/or qualifications in your industry
    4. The style guide, glossaries and Translation Memories are created for your project.
    5. We recreate your content in your target language, making sure that it has maximum appeal and delivers the equivalent message to someone from your target culture.

    Followed by triple-layer Quality Assurance

    • A style and accuracy check by a senior editor
    • Additional Quality Assurance measures
    • Final review, featuring comments and discussion with your original translator

      Learn more about getting the language support you need 24/7

      Contact us today and talk to us about the Malay translation or interpreting services you need in Singapore. We’re always here to help – and you can request a free, no-obligation quote at any time.

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      Frequently Asked Questions

      What language is Malay?

      Sometimes called Bahasa Malay (Malay language) or Bahasa Malaysia (Malaysian language), Malay is an Austronesian language spoken across much of the Malay Archipelago and beyond.

      Malay is an official language in Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, and Singapore and is spoken as an unofficial language in East Timor and parts of Thailand.

      Altogether, there are around 290 million Malay speakers worldwide. Though around 260 million of these speak Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian), an autonomous normative variety of Malay.

      What language is Malay similar to?

      Malay is part of the Austronesian language family, meaning it is technically similar to the languages spoken in Borneo, Java, and Vietnam. It is also distantly related to the Tagalog spoken in the Philippines and shares features with some Sumatran languages (mainly Minangkabau, Kerintji, and Rejang).

      Bahasa Malay also has several widely spoken and important dialects and varieties, chiefly Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia).

      Why are Malay and Tagalog similar?

      You might expect Malay and Tagalog to share features as they are both members of the Austronesian language family.

      Yet the reason the languages have so much in common has another historical basis. Malay (specifically, various trade languages and creoles based on it) was once used as a lingua franca across the Malay Archipelago.

      Today, Malay continues to be spoken by a minority of people in the Philippines – as does Indonesian, the most popular variety of Malay (chiefly in the business community). It is commonly taught as a foreign language in Philippine schools and to Philippine service personnel.

      Tagalog – and its standardised variety Filipino – also features many Malay loanwords. This is especially noticeable in the south, south-west, and north-west of the Philippines where traditionally there has been more cultural exchange between the two nations.

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