Indonesian vs Malaysian Culture: Differences and Similarities

Wayang Golek - Indonesian wooden toys used in pupet shows

Wayang Golek – Indonesian wooden toys used in pupet shows

“Same same but different” – this how people from Sumatra island explain things. Indonesia and Malaysia are similar in many ways, but in the same time this countries have tremendous differences.

The Language

Long time ago Malay people inhabited Malaysian and Indonesian islands. That’s why Malaysian and Indonesian languages are so similar with about 80% of identical vocabulary. However Malaysian language use more Arabic words, and Indonesian – more English and Dutch words because of the years of colonization.

Political System And Social Life

Development of both countries was dependent on colonizers. Malaysia was colonized by British and Indonesia by the Dutch. Continue reading

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