30,000 (2000 census).
Sumatera Selatan and Bengkulu provinces: northeast of Ipuh town to Tembesi river, to Argamakmur area south.
Vigorous. Home, village. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Indonesian [ind], for civics and religion.
See themselves as Malay culturally and linguistically, not Minangkabau [min], though Pekal has Minangkabau influences. Neither Minangkabau nor Malay readily understand Pekal, due to lexical and phonological distinctiveness. Muslim.