Definition of rakyat in English:

rakyat

noun

  • (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?’

Origin

Malay, from Arabic ra‘īyya ‘herd at pasture, subjects of a shepherd or king’.

Pronunciation

rakyat

/ˈrɑːkjɑːt/