Mastering Malay will take from you 36 hours or 900 weeks in a class according to FSI. Difficulty category for mastering it is evaluated - point.
Learning Tamil might seem like a overwhelming thing to do. FSI has concluded that it takes 1100 hours or 44 weeks in a class to learn the language. The difficulty point is 2.
You will most likely find people, who speaks Malay in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, and East Timor, Parts of Thailand.
Number of native speakers is about 77,000,000.
Number of fluent speakers is about 300,000,000. The biggest country in which Malay is used as a native language is Malaysia.
Native speakers of Tamil are mostly from India and are about 61,500,000 people.
Tamil are spoken fluently by 69,000,000 people.
The language is spoken in India, Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius and South Africa, Bahrain, Fiji, Germany, Netherlands, Qatar, Reunion, Singapore, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom.
Malay came from Malayo-Polynesian branch of the Austronesian language family.
Southern branch of the Dravidian language family is the origin of Tamil language.