One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in SE Asia) the ordinary people, especially when considered in relation to the government.
- ‘Anwar may be the champion of the rakyat.’
- ‘When UMNO's supreme council ruled recently that there should be no contest for top posts, the rakyat began to compare their avenues of expression with those of party members.’
- ‘Aren't those people's representatives supposed to strive for the best interests and the welfare of the rakyat, the citizenry?’
Malay, from Arabic ra‘īyya ‘herd at pasture, subjects of a shepherd or king’.
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