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MALAYSIA: What sign languages are used in Malaysia?

This article can help you answer the following questions:


Where is Malaysia?


How many Deaf / Hard of Hearing people are in Malaysia?

There are an estimated 1,068,000 Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the Malaysia.

This percentage is a rough estimation: 3.3% of the general population. Lack of research make estimating these numbers difficult. The World Health Organization estimates 5% of the world population has significant hearing loss. Keep in mind that developing nations typically have a much higher number of Deaf and Hard of Hearing populations.


What sign languages are used in Malaysia?

  • Kuala Lumpur Sign Language (descended from American Sign Language)

  • Penang Sign Language

  • Selangor Sign Language

  • Chinese Sign Language

  • Malaysian Sign Language (strongly derived from American Sign Language)

Written / spoken languages in Malaysia:


How do you say Malaysia in sign language?


Where can I learn Malay Sign Language online?

This language is not yet available. If you would like to learn this language, please request it here:

InterSign University offers many international sign language courses. Check them out here:


What Deaf organizations are located in Malaysia?

Pusat Majudiri Y (The YMCA Self-Reliance Center for the Deaf)

Source: Gallaudet


Additional sign language resources for Malaysia

We will update this section as more information becomes available.


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