Our Ethnic

Melaka is one of the most culturally and historically rich cities in Malaysia, which has been the core of the powerful Melaka Sultanate since the medieval period. It was colonised by the Portuguese, Dutch and British, creating an interesting mixture of Portuguese, Baba & Nyonya, Chitty and Aboriginal cultures. These are the communities that are still existing in this state. These communities are one of the reasons as to why tourists are drawn to this state.

Malay Community

As Parameswara embraced Islam, it constituted Islam as the official religion of the state, with Malay as the national language. The culture of Malaya has been established as a core culture in this multicultural country. Under the Malaysian constitution, Malay and Bumiputera make up 60 per cent of the population of Melaka.

Aborigines Community

Melaka's own tribal people are known as Aborigines, a proto-Malay group living on a communal basis in the outskirts of town, on the outskirts of the forest and on the coast. Their features and spoken language are similar to that of the Malays, but their way of life is similar to that of the Orang Asli.

Chinese Community

The first arrival of Chinese documented in Malaysia was discovered during the Tang Dynasty (618AD-907AD). They came here as travelling traders bringing in their most precious Chinese silk and porcelain. It indicates that the Chinese may have been in this area before the 15th century, when the legendary Admiral Cheng Ho visited Melaka during his first of seven great journeys. Admiral Cheng Ho then put a part of his garrison on the hill, now known as the Bukit Cina.

Baba Nyonya Community

Chinese Peranakan means Straits born Chinese evolved through intermarriages between male Chinese traders and local women with Malay or Indonesia origin. Men from this ancestry are known as Baba and the women are known as Nyonya. They are actively involved in the import and export of agricultural products and raw commodities. There are also theories that they are descendants of the Royal Guards and Princess Hang Li Poh, who married Sultan Mansur Shah of the Melaka Sultanate in 1459.


Portuguese Community

The Coffee Jar really connects the nostalgia into the present with its antique shop design and a whole new light. They take their coffee seriously. Coffee lovers are sure to love this place. To fulfil your very own taste of coffee, they serve three different roasts with different aromas and flavours. Pair your cup of coffee with their irresistible cheesecake.

Chitty Community

The Indians played a leading role in the commercial operation that brought rich returns to the government through the introduction of trade taxes. During this time, traders brought helpers and servants on their exploration, and women were not permitted to move across the sea in accordance with Hindu culture, so apparently traders took Malaya, Javanese and even Batak women as their wives. Their descendants are the born in Melaka Indian community, called the Chitty from Kampung Gajah Berang.