Malay Wikipedia

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Wikipedia Bahasa Melayu
ويکيڤيديا بهاس ملايو
Wikipedia Bahasa Melayu
Type of site
Online encyclopedia
Available in Malay
Headquarters Miami, Florida
Owner Wikimedia Foundation
Commercial No
Registration Optional
Launched October 26, 2002

Malay Wikipedia (Malay: Wikipedia Bahasa Melayu, Jawi alphabet: ويکيڤيديا بهاس ملايو, abbreviation: mswiki) is the Malay edition of Wikipedia. This edition was started on 26 October 2002 and has about 323,162 articles as of January 2019 and is the 29th largest Wikipedia. The system was activated by Wikipedia administrator Brion Vibber.[1][2]

Despite the similarities between Malay and Indonesian, the Malay Wikipedia and Indonesian Wikipedia were started separately by two different user groups. The Indonesian Wikipedia was started about six months after the Malay Wikipedia was. As of 2009, the Indonesian Wikipedia had three times the number of active editors and articles the Malay Wikipedia had. In 2009 Andrew Lih wrote "Because these groups are drawn on national boundaries, merging is not likely to happen soon."[3]

Starting 27 July 2016, file upload at the Malay Wikipedia (along with Czech, Spanish, Basque, Gujarati, Portuguese, Simple English and Swedish Wikipedia)[a] is no longer facilitated and instead redirected to Wikimedia Commons due to copyright infringement issues. However, file upload at the English, Indonesian and other languaged Wikipedia remains operable.

Since 2016, Malay Wikipedia has had a dearth of administrators.[citation needed]


  • 200,000 - March 21, 2013 - Belforte Monferrato
  • 190,000 - February 25, 2013 - Galeri Petronas
  • 178,000 - February 6, 2013 - Doubravice (Daerah České Budějovice)
  • 125,000 - November 15, 2011 - Morbecque
  • 120,000 - June 9, 2011 - La Biolle
  • 115,000 - March 22, 2011 - Raj British
  • 110,000 - February 23, 2011 - Oëlleville
  • 105,000 - February 2, 2011 - Bassy
  • 100,000 - January 9, 2011 - Pressigny-les-Pins


In 2019 the Malay Wikipedia had 91,000 unique categories; 68.65% of them do not have appropriate page in the category namespace. The average article in this language version has four categories, while number of unique categories per articles ratio is 0.281. The largest number of articles are in the Organizations (48%) and Geography (14%) categories. In Malay, Wikipedia articles related to Business and Philosophy have the highest average quality. Content about Law is read more often and articles in the People category have the highest authors' interest on average.[4]


Graph of outgrowth of Malay Wikipedia (in Malay).


  • Lih, Andrew. The Wikipedia Revolution: How a Bunch of Nobodies Created the World's Greatest Encyclopedia. Hyperion, New York. 2009. 1st ed. ISBN 978-1-4013-0371-6 (paper).


  1. ^ Open content encyclopedia ... Wikipedia ... in Malay
  2. ^ Contributions of Brion VIBBER
  3. ^ Lih, p. 136.
  4. ^ Lewoniewski, Włodzimierz; Węcel, Krzysztof; Abramowicz, Witold (2019). "Multilingual Ranking of Wikipedia Articles with Quality and Popularity Assessment in Different Topics". Computers. 8 (3): 60. doi:10.3390/computers8030060.


  1. ^ See Commons:Commons:Turning off local uploads for more details.

External links

  • (in Malay) Mobile version of Malay Wikipedia
  • (in Malay) History of Malay Wikipedia
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