Malay, North MoluccanPrint
700,000 (2001 SIL). L2 users: 300,000 (2001 R. Whisler). No monolinguals.
Maluku Utara Province, Halmahera Selatan regency; southern tip of Halmahera island, Gane bay area, nearby islands south and west: most of Damar and northwest Jaronga islands, large island in Patinti strait.
3 (Wider communication). Became LWC through trade, also used in daily life, inter-ethnic contact.
Latin script [Latn].