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Rawa people
Ughang Rawo  · Melayu Rao
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Pahang, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Selangor, Kelantan
Rawa, Perak Malay, Standard Malay
Related ethnic groups
Minangkabau, Malays

Rawa or Rao (Malay: Melayu Rawa) is a group of Minangkabau people who come from Rao, West Sumatra. In the Malay Peninsula, now the West Malaysia, it is common for the Rawa to identify themselves as Ughang Rawo or Ughang Rao or even Rao.


The Rawa or Rao people came to Malaysia from Rao and Mapat Tunggul villages, in Pasaman, West Sumatera, Indonesia in 1773 to 1848 to Negeri Sembilan, in 1857 to 1863 to Pahang, in 1867 to 1873 to Selangor, in 1875 to 1876 to Perak and some in Kelantan.


The population spread around Perak, several parts in Penang, Selangor and Pahang. Gopeng, a small town in Perak is a well-known town for its Rawa community who is still preserving most of its tradition and dialect for centuries, way before the formation of Malaysia.


Rawa Minangkabau
Baso Rao
Native toIndonesia
RegionWest Sumatra
Language codes
ISO 639-3

Among the most notable suffixes used by the Rawa is kuak, sang, tang.

Rawa Cuisine

The Kelamai, Gulai Nangko and Asom Iken Koli have become the signature cuisine of the Rawa community in which they mastered every inch of its details and procedures. Many tourist who joined the Gopeng Homestay Program in Gopeng will experiencing these wonderful cuisine. The Kelamai or pronounce as Kelamei is a sweet dark brown delicacy similar to the Lemang. It is cooked for hours inside a specifically chosen bamboo under very tedious supervision. Not to mention the complicated pre cook procedures of preparing the down.


Adet Berjojak (Malay: Adat Berjejak) is a traditional ritual usually practiced for children. There are very detail protocols and constrains to abide upon completion.