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Without proper rendering support, you may see question marks, boxes, or other symbols instead of Unicode characters.For an introductory guide on IPA symbols, see Help: IPA.) is the official language of Indonesia.
However, the language had never been dominant among the population of the Indonesian archipelago as it was limited to mercantile activity.In fact, they consciously prevented the language from being spread by refusing to provide education, especially in Dutch, to the native Indonesians so they would not come to see themselves as equals.Moreover, the Dutch wished to prevent the Indonesians from elevating their perceived social status by taking on elements of Dutch culture.Even then, Dutch administrators were remarkably reluctant to promote the use of Dutch compared to other colonial regimes.
Dutch thus remained the language of a small elite: in 1940, only 2% of the total population could speak Dutch.
Malaysian Malay claims to be closer to the classical Malay of earlier centuries, even though modern Malaysian has been heavily influenced, in lexicon as well as in syntax, by English.